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After publishing ruckus, LOA launches ‘Raymond Carver: Collected
After sidestepping a dispute involving some of the most powerful
figures in publishing, The Library of America this month finally
launched "Raymond Carver: Collected Stories," a comprehensive
collection of work that spans the influential author’s entire career.
Raymond Carver helped transform the
American short story in the 1970s and ’80s with his spare, intense
prose that some considered controversial amid accusations of heavy
editing and rewriting done by his editor Gordon Lish
at Alfred A. Knopf -- now the Knopf Doubleday
Publishing Group -- his publisher before his death in 1988.
LOA’s Collected Stories includes titles "Will You Please Be
Quiet, Please?", "Stories from Furious Seasons, Fires, and Where I’m
Coming From," and "Beginners," as well as other stories, essays and
never-seen-before versions of his prose.
Carver’s widow Tess Gallagher
originally spearheaded an effort to
publish 17 original shorts in his critically-acclaimed "What We Talk
About When We Talk About Love" -- also included in the LOA release, an
effort that reportedly prompted a publishing ruckus involving some of
the most powerful figures in publishing back in 2007.
Amanda "Binky" Urban,
then the agent for Carver’s literary estate, backed off after Knopf
sent a threatening legal letter alleging any publication with another
house would be an "illegal, competitive edition." Gallagher later moved
on with agent Andrew Wylie,
who took on Carver’s literary estate.
Eventually the parties involved ironed out their dispute, LOA obtained
Knopf’s approval, and readers now have a definitive collection of
Perhaps most significantly, this LOA edition includes the original
manuscript of "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" so readers
can rediscover for themselves the true arc of Carver’s career. "Raymond
Carver: Collected Stories," a September 2009 release, is available in
The Library of America is an award-winning nonprofit publisher
dedicated to preserving America’s best writing in handsome, enduring
volumes, featuring authoritative texts. For more information check out
the LOA website.
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