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What It Used To Be Like: a Portrait of My Marriage to Raymond Carver

Maryann Burk Carver
Publication Information: 
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2006
Special Collections -- Northwest Collection
Call Number: 
PS3553.A7894 Z595 2006 (1st ed., signed)
September, 2010

The recent appearance of a new biography of Raymond Carver, as well as fresh speculation about the involvement of his editor in shaping his work has once again piqued interest in this prodigiously gifted author who lived and died hard in the Pacific Northwest. This book is a poignant memoir by Carver's first wife, Maryann Burk, whose role in the realization of Carver's unique genius has been treated inconsistently by biographers and critics alike.

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