"I've Seen Some Things": First Edition of Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love; Signed by Him
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.
Carver, Raymond .$750.00
Item Number: 99721
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1981.
First edition of Carver’s classic collection of stories. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Raymond Carver on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. A superior example.
"What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" is not only the most well-known short story title of the latter part of the 20th century; it has come to stand for an entire aesthetic, the bare-bones prose style for which Raymond Carver became famous. Perhaps, it could be argued, too famous, at least for his fiction's own good. Like those of Hemingway or any other writer similarly loved, imitated, parodied, and reviled, these stories can sometimes produce the sense of reading pastiche. "A man without hands came to the door to sell me a photograph of my house." "That morning she pours Teacher's over my belly and licks it off. That afternoon she tries to jump out the window." "My friend Mel McGinnis was talking. Mel is a cardiologist, and sometimes that gives him the right." What other writer ever produced first sentences like these? They are like doors into Carverworld, where everyone speaks in simple declarative phrases, no one ever stops at one beer, and failure or violence are the true outcomes of the American dream.