"Fires" is the best introduction to the full range and humanity of Carver's writing. It contains four essays, including a moving memoir of his father's working life in the saw-mills of the Pacific Northwest, a tribute to his mentor John Gardner, and the title essay about the influences on his writing life; fifty poems, many of them not collected elsewhere; and, seven stories, including three from the early collection "Furious Seasons".
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Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His first short stories appeared in Esquire during Gordon Lish's tenure as fiction editor in the 1970s. Carver's work began to reach a wider audience with the 1976 publication of Will You Please be Quiet, Please, but it was not until the 1981 publication of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love under Gordon Lish, then at Knopf, that he began to achieve real literary fame. This collection was edited by more than 40 per cent before publication, and Carver dedicated it to his fellow writer and future wife, Tess Gallagher, with the promise that he would one day republish his stories at full length. He went on to write two more collections of stories, Cathedral and Elephant, which moved away from the earlier minimalist style into a new expansiveness, as well as several collections of poetry. He died in 1988, aged fifty.Review:
"Carver is a master; his stories are word perfect. His sentences stalk out meaning, following a trail of clues with patient care and painful anticipation. Fires [is] an indispensable volume and provides further proof of Carver's stature as a major American writer" New Statesman "These stories are perfect in pitch and tone. However harrowing their subject, or broken their characters, all of them revive one's faith in the redemptive power of straight story-telling" -- Bruce Chatwin "Carver's poetry is non-metrical, free as prose... It works well and reads beautifully" Independent
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Book Description Capra Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0884961958 Book is very clean. Crisp pages. Tight binding. Appears unread. Different cover than shown. Slight shelf wear on cover. Ex-library book. No dust jacket. Good reading copy. Previous owners mark in front of book. Bookseller Inventory # E9A-WMRM-X499
Book Description Capra Press, Santa Barbara, 1983. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Issued without dust jacket. First Edition. Fine in red boards with gold stamping. Bookseller Inventory # b4837
Book Description CAPRA. SANTA BARBARA 1983, 1983. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. First Trade Edition. Fine in red boards, without dj. as issued. Essays, poems & stories. One of a small number of copies bound in boards. The standard trade issue was in paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 3283
Book Description Capra Press, Santa Barbara, 1983. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition - Limited. hard cover, red paper-covered boards with gilt lettering, in clear dust jacket, as issued., faint rubbing to jacket, which is inside a second clear wrapper., clean, no markings. no bumps, tears, creases. tight binding.; number 198 from the limited edition of 250. signed under the limitation by raymond carver.; 189pp., two essays, seven short stories, numerous poems. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 18307
Book Description Capra Press, U.S.A., 1983. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. One of only 250 numbered copies SIGNED by Carver. In addition, this copy is SIGNED by Tess Gallagher (to whom the book is dedicated). Unobtrusive previous owner's blindstamp, else crisp and unread. In the original (fine) acetate dust jacket. A SUPERB copy that would be an important addition to any Carver collection!. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000789