Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

by Raymond Carver


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With this, his first collection of stories, Raymond Carver breathed new life into the American short story. Carver shows us the humor and tragedy that dwell in the hearts of ordinary people; his stories are the classics of our time.

"[Carver's stories] can ... be counted among the masterpieces of American Literature." —The New York Times Book Review

"One of the great short story writers of our time—of any time." —The  Philadelhpia Inquirer

"The whole collection is a knock out. Few wriers can match Raymond Carver's entiwining style and language." —The Dallas Morning News 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679735694
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1992
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 425,252
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

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 in 1984), and Where I'm Calling From in 1988, when he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died August 2, 1988, shortly after completing the poems of A New Path to the Waterfall.

Table of Contents

Fat 1

Neighbors 6

The Idea 12

They're Not Your Husband 16

Are You a Doctor? 23

The Father 31

Nobody Said Anything 33

Sixty Acres 47

What's in Alaska? 58

Night School 70

Collectors 76

What Do You Do in San Francisco? 82

The Students Wife 90

Put Yourself in My Shoes 97

Jerry and Molly and Sam 111

Why, Honey? 123

The Ducks 128

How about This? 134

Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes 141

Are These Actual Miles? 150

Signals 158

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? 164

What People are Saying About This

James Dickey

"Raymond Carver's stories have tremendous force, the power of a connecting left hook when the fist is filled with a roll of coins. Such an impact cannote be shakened off. Carver is extraordinary!"

Leonard Michaels

"Raymond Carver's stories are extraordinary in their language, their music and their huge terrifying revision of ordinary human life in this country. He is among the best authentically American writers we now have."

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