Raymond Carver is viewed as a genius within the limits he imposed upon himself whose early work was heavily influenced by Earnest Hemingway. The work of this modern-day author who died at a young age is studied in this volume by some of the most respected critics on the subject. Examined works include "Where I'm Calling From," "Cathedral," "Fever," "The Bridle," and "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love."
Plot summary of "Where I'm calling from" List of characters in "Where I'm calling from" Critical views on "Where I'm calling from" Adam Meyer on The evolution of Raymond Carver's minimalism Claudine Verley on the hidden depth of the story Thomas J. Halsam on the differences between two versions of the story Kirk Nesset on the depth of the story Michael Sonkowsky on grown men in "Where I'm calling from" Plot summary of "Cathedral" List of characters in "Cathedral" Critical views on "Cathedral" Irving Howe on stories of our lonliness Mark A.R. Facknitz on the transcendence of the characters Arthur A. Brown on Raymond Carver and postmodern humanism Tess Gallagher on the writing of "Cathedral" Tom Jenks on Carver, Gallagher, and "Cathedral" Melvin Jules Bukiet on specificity Plot summary of "Fever" List of characters in "Fever" Critical views on "Fever" - Michael J. Bugeja on hope in the story Arthur Saltzman on Carlyle's mental development Randolph Paul Runyon on Carlyle's acceptance Ewing Campbell on the story's melodrama. Plot summary of "The bridle" List of characters in "The bridle" Critical views on "The bridle" James W. Grinnel reviews the collection Cathedral Patricia Schnapp on Characters Ewing Campbell on the sympathy of the narrator Plot summary of "What we talk about when we talk about love" List of characters in "What we talk about when we talk about love" Critical views on "What we talk about when we talk about love" Marshall Bruce Gentry and William L. Stull on Carver as a minimalist Nelson Hathcock on language Michael Trussler on minimalism Jon Powell on tension and uncertainty Brian Stonehill on the anecdotes in the story Bill Mullen on televisual culture in the stories of Raymond Carver Works by Raymond Carver Works about Raymond Carver.