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Biography of Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver (1938 - 1988)

The American short story writer and poet Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, on May 25, 1938, and lived in Port Angeles, Washington during his last ten, sober years until his death from cancer on August 2, 1988. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1979 and was twice awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1983 Carver received the prestigious Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award which gave him $35,000 per year tax free and required that he give up any employment other than writing, and in 1985 Poetry magazine's Levinson Prize. In 1988 he was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Hartford. He received a Brandeis Citation for fiction in 1988. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages.

At least that's the basic biography. Of course there's no room in it for the nature of the hardship he and his family went through during most of those fifty years between birth and death. There's no mention of his marriage at 19, the birth of his two children, Christine and Vance, by the time he was 21. No mention of his sometimes ferocious fights with his first wife, Maryann. No mention, either, of his near death, the hospitalizations - four times in 1976 and 1977 - for acute alcoholism.



16 Poems written by Raymond Carver

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Page ViewsPoemComments
50017 Your Dog Dies Comments and analysis of Your Dog Dies by Raymond Carver 150 Comments
26645 What The Doctor Said Comments and analysis of What The Doctor Said by Raymond Carver 80 Comments
26212 This Morning Comments and analysis of This Morning by Raymond Carver 55 Comments
13733 An Afternoon Comments and analysis of An Afternoon by Raymond Carver 53 Comments
13376 Bobber Comments and analysis of Bobber by Raymond Carver 65 Comments
11650 The Current Comments and analysis of The Current by Raymond Carver 27 Comments
9782 Circulation
5865 Happiness Comments and analysis of Happiness by Raymond Carver 134 Comments
2826 Photograph of My Father in His Twenty-Second Year Comments and analysis of Photograph of My Father in His Twenty-Second Year by Raymond Carver 26 Comments
2262 Fear Comments and analysis of Fear by Raymond Carver 13 Comments
1117 Late Fragment Comments and analysis of Late Fragment by Raymond Carver 66 Comments
930 The Best Time Of The Day Comments and analysis of The Best Time Of The Day by Raymond Carver 3 Comments
562 Drinking While Driving Comments and analysis of Drinking While Driving by Raymond Carver 78 Comments
439 The Scratch Comments and analysis of The Scratch by Raymond Carver 2 Comments
374 Stupid Comments and analysis of Stupid by Raymond Carver 3 Comments
343 The Cobweb Comments and analysis of The Cobweb by Raymond Carver 66 Comments


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