About What We Talk About When We Talk About Love / Beginners
A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection
From one of the most celebrated short-story writers in American literature, the story that launched a thousand homages, in word and film—a haunting meditation on love and companionship, and finding one’s way through the dark.
“What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” is included here with its unedited version, “Beginners,” which was originally submitted to Carver’s editor, Gordon Lish. In this eShort, readers can compare both versions of this iconic work of fiction, gaining insight into Carver’s aesthetic and the foundations of the contemporary American short story.
Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His first collection of stories, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please (a National Book Award nominee in 1977), was followed by What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Cathedral (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize… More about Raymond Carver
Praise for Raymond Carver and What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
“The American Chekhov.” —Sunday Times (London)
“Raymond Carver’s America is . . . clouded by pain and the loss of dreams, but it is not as fragile as it looks. It is a place of survivors and a place of stories . . . [Carver] has done what many of the most gifted writers fail to do: He has invented a country of his own, like no other except that very world, as Wordsworth said, which is the world to all of us.” —The New York Times Book Review
“[Raymond Carver is] one of the true contemporary masters.”—The New York Review of Books