A poem by the late Raymond Clevie Carver Jr., inscribed on his tombstone.
American short story writer and poet Raymond Clevie Carver Jr. was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938 and died in Port Angeles, Washington, in 1988. Very few writers have been more influential on future generations of American and international authors.
Carver played a major role in reviving the American short story form in the 1980s, and he has been referred to as one of the “greatest modern short story writers” and as “the American Chekhov”.
He was nominated for the National Book Award for his first major-press collection, ‘Will You Please Be Quiet, Please’ in 1977 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his third major-press collection, ‘Cathedral’ (1984), the volume generally perceived as his best. Included in the latter collection are the award-winning stories ‘A Small, Good Thing’, and ‘Where I’m Calling From’. John Updike selected the latter for inclusion in ‘The Best American Short Stories of the Century’.
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