Talk:Raymond Carver

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Story summaries[edit]

Added back in because for Carver students they're actually very useful reminders of which story is which.

Pbryant 21:32, 15 September 2007 (UTC)P Bryant

Cause of death/categorisation[edit]

The article currently says Carver died of lung cancer. I'm sure he died of TB, like his hero Chekhov. Can anyone corroborate this?

Also why is this article categorised under "Notable deaths from brain tumors"?? Make your mind up, someone! --Thoughtcat 14:06, 10 February 2006 (UTC)

Carver certainly died of lung cancer at the age of fifty (see this Guardian article, among thousands of pages on the web devoted to Carver's life and work). This categorization has been removed. Inoculatedcities 19:22, 31 May 2006 (UTC)

It's my understanding that Carver died of a lung cancer that had metastasized to his brain. No, not TB. Carolsklenicka 23:48, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

The Lish question[edit]

The article currently implies that Lish was the ghostwriter for many of Carver's stories, and links to a NYT article that does not support the claim that Lish was a ghostwriter, more a very involved collaborator. The term ghostwriter implies that Carver didn't write his own stories, but this isn't true, hence the parnthesis is problematic. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 129.93.17.66 (talkcontribs) :

I agree, and I've rephrased that passage. RedSpruce 10:32, 1 June 2007 (UTC)
Much better on the Lish question is this New Yorker piece (with accompanying links to Carver's initial version of "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" ("Beginners") and Lish's version: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/12/24/071224fa_fact. I hope someone will incorporate it. Scrawlspacer (talk) 16:03, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

The real Carver: expansive or minimal?[edit]

The NY Times says tht Raymond Carver’s widow is spearheading an effort to publish a volume of his stories pre-Lish. ( See http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/17/books/17carver.html?ex=1193198400&en=ef2288f85b950c2d&ei=5070&emc=eta1 )

And Carol Sklenicka of San Francisco, says she is the author of a biography of an unauthorized biography of Raymond Carver forthcoming from Scribner and plans to "tell the true story". ( See http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article2681557.ece )

Was Carver just a front man for Lish ?

- TheHystorian