Raymond Carver bibliography

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The bibliography of Raymond Carver consists of 72 short stories, 306 poems, a novel fragment, a one-act play, a screenplay co-written with Tess Gallagher, and 32 pieces of non-fiction (essays, a meditation, introductions, and book reviews). In 2009 the 17 stories collected in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love were published in their manuscript form, prior to Gordon Lish's extensive editing, under the title Beginners.[1]

Complete works[edit]

Raymond Carver's complete published works are collected in the following volumes:

  • Collected Stories (Library of America, 2009) - includes the complete fiction (72 short stories, 1 novel fragment, 17 manuscript versions)1
  • All of Us (Vintage, 2000) - includes the complete poetry (306 poems)
  • Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose (Vintage, 2001) - includes the complete non-fiction (5 essays, 1 meditation, 8 comments on work, 6 introductions, 12 book reviews)2
1The book also includes 4 essays
2The book also includes 11 works of fiction

Two texts which are not included in any of the collections above were published separately:

  • Dostoevsky (Capra, 1985) - screenplay (co-written with Tess Gallagher)
  • Carnations (Engdahl Typography, 1992) - a one-act play.

Books[edit]

Title Publisher Contents Notes
Near Klamath Sacramento: English Club of
Sacramento State College (1968)
Winter Insomnia Santa Cruz: Kayak (1970)
At Night the Salmon Move Santa Barbara: Capra (1976)
Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? New York: McGraw-Hill (1976) 22 short stories
Furious Seasons and Other Stories Santa Barbara: Capra (1977) 8 short stories
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love New York: Knopf (1981) 17 short stories
Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories Santa Barbara: Capra (1983);
New York: Vintage (1984);
New York: Vintage Contemporaries (1989)
2 essays, 50 poems,
7 short stories
Cathedral New York: Knopf (1983);
London: Collins (1984)
12 short stories
Dostoevsky Santa Barbara: Capra (1985) A Screenplay Written with Tess Gallagher
Where Water Comes Together with Other Water New York: Random House (1985) 80 poems
Ultramarine New York: Random House (1986) 84 poems
Where I'm Calling From:
New and Selected Stories
New York: Atlantic Monthly (1988);
Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library (1988)
37 short stories
A New Path to the Waterfall New York: Atlantic Monthly (1989) 73 poems
No Heroics, Please:
Uncollected Writings
London: Collins Harvill (1991);
New York: Vintage Contemporaries (1992)
stories, 19 poems
and book reviews
Short Cuts:
Selected Stories
New York: Vintage (1993) 9 short stories, 1 poem Released to accompany
Short Cuts film (1993)
All of Us:
The Collected Poems
New York: Vintage (2000) 306 poems
Call If You Need Me:
The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose
New York: Vintage (2001) 10 stories, 1 novel fragment,
32 pieces of nonfiction
Collected Stories New York: Library of America (2009) 90 stories, 4 essays, 1 novel fragment

British editions[edit]

Title Publisher Contents Notes
The Stories of Raymond Carver London: Picador (1985) 51 stories Complete contents of
Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?,
What We Talk About When We
Talk About Love
, and Cathedral
In a Marine Light:
Selected Poems
London: Collins Harvill, (1987)
Elephant and Other Stories London: Collins Harvill (1988) 7 short stories Includes the 7 new stories
collected in Where I'm Calling From
Beginners London: Chatto Bodley Head & Cape (2009) 17 stories Manuscript version of stories included in
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Chapbooks and Limited Editions[edit]

Title Publisher Contents
Put Yourself in My Shoes Santa Barbara: Capra (1974) 1 short story
The Pheasant Worcester, MA: Metacom (1982) 1 short story
Two Poems Salisbury, MD: Scarab (1982) 2 poems
If It Please You Northridge, CA: Lord John (1984) 1 short story
My Father's Life Derry, NH: Babcock & Koontz (1986) Biographical essay
Two Poems Concord, NH: Ewert (1986) 2 poems
Those Days:
Early Writings by Raymond Carver
Elmwood, CT: Raven (1987) 11 poems, 1 short story

Short Stories[edit]

Title Originally published in Collected in: Notes
"Fat" Harper's Bazaar, September 1971 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Neighbors" Esquire, June 1971 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"The Idea" Northwest Review, 1971-72 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Collected Stories (2009)
"They're Not Your Husband" Chicago Review, 1973 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Are You a Doctor?" Fiction, 1973 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Collected Stories (2009)
"The Father" Toyon, 1961 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Nobody Said Anything" Seneca Review, 1970 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Sixty Acres" Discourse, 1969 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Collected Stories (2009)
"What's in Alaska?" Iowa Review, 1972 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Night School" North American Review, 1971 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Collectors" Esquire, August 1975 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"What Do You Do in San Francisco?" Colorado State Review, 1967 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"The Student's Wife" Carolina Quarterly, 1964 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Put Yourself in My Shoes" Iowa Review, 1972 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Jerry and Molly and Sam" Perspective, 1972 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Why, Honey?" Sou'wester, 1972 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"The Ducks" Carolina Quarterly, 1963 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Collected Stories (2009)
"How About This?" Western Humanities Review, 1970 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarets" Kansas Quarterly, 1973 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"What Is It?" Esquire, 1972 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
Titled "Are These Actual Miles?"
in Where I'm Calling From (1988)
"Signals" December, 1970 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?" December, 1966 Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (1976);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Pastoral" Western Humanities Review, Winter 1963 Furious Seasons and Other Stories (1977);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Furious Seasons" Selection, Winter 1960-1961 Furious Seasons and Other Stories (1977);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Why Don't You Dance?" Quarterly West, 1978 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
Manuscript version appears in
Beginners (2009) and Collected Stories (2009).
"Viewfinder" Quarterly West, 1978 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981);
Collected Stories (2009)
Manuscript version appears in
Beginners (2009) and Collected Stories (2009).
"Mr. Coffee and Mr. Fixit" TriQuarterly, 1980 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981);
Collected Stories (2009)
Manuscript version appears in
Beginners (2009) and Collected Stories (2009).
"Gazebo" Missouri Review, 1980 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
Manuscript version appears in
Beginners (2009) and Collected Stories (2009).
"I Could See the Smallest Things" Missouri Review, 1980 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981);
Collected Stories (2009)
Manuscript version appears in
Beginners (2009) and Collected Stories (2009).
"Sacks" Perspective, 1974 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981);
Collected Stories (2009)
Manuscript version appears in
Beginners (2009) and Collected Stories (2009).
"The Bath" Columbia, 1981 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981);
Collected Stories (2009)
Manuscript version appears in
Beginners (2009) and Collected Stories (2009).
Republished as "A Small, Good Thing" in rewritten
and expanded form in Cathedral.
"Tell the Women We're Going" Sou'wester, 1971 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981);
Collected Stories (2009)
Manuscript version appears in
Beginners (2009) and Collected Stories (2009).
"After the Denim" New England Review, 1981 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981);
Collected Stories (2009)
Manuscript version appears in
Beginners (2009) and Collected Stories (2009).
"So Much Water So Close to Home" Spectrum, 1975 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
Manuscript version appears in
Beginners (2009) and Collected Stories (2009).
"The Third Thing That Killed My Father" Discourse, 1967 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
Manuscript version appears in
Beginners (2009) and Collected Stories (2009).
"A Serious Talk" Playgirl, 1980 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
Manuscript version appears in
Beginners (2009) and Collected Stories (2009).
"The Calm" Iowa Review, 1979 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981);
Collected Stories (2009)
Manuscript version appears in
Beginners (2009) and Collected Stories (2009).
"Popular Mechanics" Playgirl, March 1978 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
Titled "Little Things" in Where I'm Calling From (1988);
manuscript version titled "Mine" appears in
Beginners (2009) and Collected Stories (2009).
"Everything Stuck to Him" Chariton Review, Fall 1975
(as "Distance")
Furious Seasons and Other Stories (1977);
Fires (1983);
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
Titled "Distance" in Where I'm Calling From (1988)
Manuscript version titled "Distance" appears in
Beginners (2009) and Collected Stories (2009).
"What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" Antaeus, 1981 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
Manuscript version appears in
Beginners (2009) and Collected Stories (2009).
"One More Thing" North American Review, 1979 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
Manuscript version appears in
Beginners (2009) and Collected Stories (2009).
"The Lie" Sou'wester, 1971 Fires (1983);
Collected Stories (2009)
"The Cabin" Western Humanities Review, 1963 Fires (1983);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Harry's Death" Eureka Review, 1975-76 Fires (1983);
Collected Stories (2009)
"The Pheasant" Occident, 1973 Fires (1983);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Feathers" The Atlantic Monthly, September 1982 Cathedral (1983);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Chef's House" The New Yorker, November 30, 1981 Cathedral (1983);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Preservation" Grand Street, 1983 Cathedral (1983);
Collected Stories (2009)
"The Compartment" Granta, June 1983 Cathedral (1983);
Collected Stories (2009)
"A Small, Good Thing" Columbia, 1981 Cathedral (1983);
Collected Stories (2009)
Originally published as "The Bath" in
What We Talk About When We Talk About
Love
in a shorter form.
"Vitamins" Granta, March 1981 Cathedral (1983);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Careful" The Paris Review, 1983 Cathedral (1983);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Where I'm Calling From" The New Yorker, March 15, 1982 Cathedral (1983);
Collected Stories (2009)
"The Train" Antaeus, 1983 Cathedral (1983);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Fever" North American Review, 1983 Cathedral (1983);
Collected Stories (2009)
"The Bridle" The New Yorker, July 19, 1982 Cathedral (1983);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Cathedral" The Atlantic Monthly, September 1981 Cathedral (1983);
Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Boxes" The New Yorker, February 24, 1986 Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Elephant and Other Stories (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Whoever Was Using This Bed" The New Yorker, April 28, 1986 Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Elephant and Other Stories (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Intimacy" Esquire, August 1986 Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Elephant and Other Stories (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Menudo" Granta, 1987 Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Elephant and Other Stories (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Elephant" The New Yorker, June 9, 1986 Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Elephant and Other Stories (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Blackbird Pie" The New Yorker, July 7, 1986 Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Elephant and Other Stories (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Errand" The New Yorker, June 1, 1987 Where I'm Calling From (1988);
Elephant and Other Stories (1988);
Collected Stories (2009)
"The Hair" Toyon, 1963 Call If You Need Me (2000);
Collected Stories (2009)
"The Aficionados" Toyon, 1963 Call If You Need Me (2000);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Poseidon and Company" Toyon, 1963 Call If You Need Me (2000);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Bright Red Apples" Gato Magazine, 1967 Call If You Need Me (2000);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Kindling" Esquire, July 1999 Call If You Need Me (2000);
Collected Stories (2009)
"What Would You Like to See?" The Guardian, June 24, 2000 Call If You Need Me (2000);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Dreams" Esquire, August 2000 Call If You Need Me (2000);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Vandals" Esquire, October 1999 Call If You Need Me (2000);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Call If You Need Me" Granta, 1999 Call If You Need Me (2000);
Collected Stories (2009)

Poetry[edit]

Carver's 306 poems are collected in All Of Us (1996) after previously appearing in the collections: Near Klamath (1968), Winter Insomnia (1970), At Night The Salmon Move (1976), Fires (1983), Where Water Comes Together With Other Water (1985), This Water (1985), Ultramarine (1986), Early For The Dance (1986), Those Days: Early Writings By Raymond Carver: Eleven Poems And A Story (1987), In A Marine Light: Selected Poems (1987), A New Path To The Waterfall (1989), and No Heroics, Please (1991).

Notable poems include "Photograph of My Father in His Twenty-Second Year", which grew out of the essay "My Father's Life", and "Gravy", which was published in The New Yorker in August 1988 following Carver's death. The poems "Late Fragment" and "Gravy" are both inscribed on his tombstone.

The Poems[edit]

Non Fiction[edit]

Essays[edit]

Title Originally published in Collected in: Notes
"My Father's Life" Esquire, September 1984 Fires (1983);
Collected Stories (2009)
"On Writing" The New York Times Book Review,
15 February 1981 (as "A Storyteller's Shoptalk")
Fires (1983);
Collected Stories (2009)
"Fires" Antaeus, Autumn 1982 Fires (1983);
Collected Stories (2009)
Appears in anthology In Praise of What Persists (1983)
"On Where I'm Calling From" Where I'm Calling From (1988)
(as "A Special Message for the First Edition")
No Heroics, Please (1991);
Call If You Need Me (2001);
Collected Stories (2009)
"John Gardner: The Writer as Teacher" Georgia Review, Summer 1983
(as "John Gardner: Writer and Teacher")
Call If You Need Me (2001) Reprinted as forward to Gardner's
On Becoming a Novelist (1983)
"Friendship" Granta, Autumn 1988 Call If You Need Me (2001)
"Meditation on a Line from Saint Teresa" Commencement, 15 May 1988
untitled statement
Call If You Need Me (2001)

Occasions[edit]

Title Published in: Collected in:
On "Neighbors" Cutting Edges: Young American Fiction for the '70s,
ed. Jack Hicks (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1973)
Call If You Need Me
On "Drinking While Driving" New Voices in American Poetry, ed. David Allan Evans
(Cambridge, Massachusetts: Winthrop Publishers, 1973)
Call If You Need Me
On Rewriting Afterward to Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories,
(Santa Barbara, California: Capra Press, 1983)
Call If You Need Me
On the Dosotevsky Screenplay Introduction to Dostoevsky: A Screenplay
(Santa Barbara, California: Capra Press, 1985)
Call If You Need Me
On "Bobber" and Other Poems The Generation of 2000: Contemporary American Poets
ed. William Heyen (Princeton, New Jersey: Ontario Review Press, 1984)
Call If You Need Me
On "For Tess" Literary Cavalcade 39, no. 7
(Scholastic, Inc. New York, April 1987)
Call If You Need Me
On "Errand" The Best American Short Stories 1988
(Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1988)
Call If You Need Me
On Where I'm Calling From Foreword to Where I'm Calling From
(New York: Atlantic Monthly, 1988);
Call If You Need Me

Introductions[edit]

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Title Introduction to: Collected in:
Steering by the Stars Syracuse Poems and Stories 1980
Syracuse University, 1980
Call If You Need Me
All My Relations Call If You Need Me
The Unknown Chekhov Call If You Need Me
Fiction of Occurrence and Consequence
(with Tom Jenks)
Call If You Need Me
On Contemporary Fiction Call If You Need Me
On Longer Stories Call If You Need Me

Book Reviews[edit]

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Title Books reviewed Published in: Collected in:
Big Fish, Mythical Fish My Moby Dick by William Humphrey Chicago Tribune Book World,
29 October 1978
Call If You Need Me
Barthelme's Inhuman Comedies Great Days by Donald Barthelme Chicago Tribune Book World,
28 January 1978
Call If You Need Me
Rousing Tales Call If You Need Me
Bluebeard Mornings, Storm Warnings Call If You Need Me
A Gifted Novelist at the Top of His Game Call If You Need Me
Fiction That Throws Light on Blackness Call If You Need Me
Brautigan Serves Werewolf Berries and Cat Cantaloupe Call If You Need Me
McGuane Goes After Big Game Call If You Need Me
Richard Ford's Stark Vision of Loss, Healing Call If You Need Me
A Retired Acrobat Falls under the Spell of a Teenage Girl Call If You Need Me
"Fame Is No Good, Take It from Me" Call If You Need Me
Coming of Age, Going to Pieces Call If You Need Me

Other Works[edit]

At College

Carver's first publication was in the Chico State student newspaper, The Wildcat, on October 31, 1958. His contribution was a letter to the editor entitled "Where Is Intellect?", which complained about the apathy of students on campus. In 1962, Carver wrote an absurdist one-act play entitled Carnations, which was staged on his college's campus on May 11 and received mostly negative feedback. The play was published in 1992 by Engdahl Typography.[citation needed]

A fragment of Carver's unfinished novel The Augustine Notebooks was published in Iowa Review (Summer 1979), and later collected in Call If You Need Me (2000) and Collected Stories (2009). Additionally, Carver had accepted an advance on an unwritten novel from McGraw-Hill and planned to write a novel he imagined as "an African Queen sort of thing" set in German East Africa after World War I.[2] Carver later admitted he stopped working on the novel after two weeks, and it appears that nothing of it exists beyond the published fragment.[citation needed]

In 1982, Carver was approached by director Michael Cimino with the idea of reworking a screenplay on the life of Fyodor Dostoevsky. Carver asked Tess Gallagher to assist him in the project. The movie was never produced but the screenplay, entitled Dostoevsky, was published by Capra (Santa Barbara, 1985).[citation needed]

Editing[edit]

Carver served as the founding editor of the Chico State literary magazine Selection in 1960 and the UC Santa Cruz journal Quarry (later Quarry West) in 1971. He also edited the Spring 1963 issue of Toyon at Humboldt State. Carver also selected the contents for the book Syracuse Poems and Stories 1980 (Syracuse, N.Y.: Department of English, Syracuse University, 1980). He also selected, along with Shannon Ravenel, the stories included in The Best American Short Stories 1986 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986) and edited American Short Story Masterpieces (New York: Delacorte Press, 1987) with Tom Jenks.

References[edit]

General
  • Carol Sklenicka, Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009, pp. 495-500.
  1. ^ Carver, Raymond. Collected Stories, New York: Library of America, 2009.
  2. ^ Interview of Raymond Carver in Times Standard of Eureka California, July 24, 1977.