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Raymond Carver

Writer/poet

Died when: 50 years 69 days (602 months)
Star Sign: Gemini

 

Raymond Carver

Raymond Clevie Carver Jr. (May 25, 1938 – August 2, 1988) was an American short story writer and poet.He is considered to be amongst America's greatest writers. ==Early life== yeCarver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, a mill town on the Columbia River, and grew up in Yakima, Washington, the son of Ella Beatrice (née Casey) and Clevie Raymond Carver.

His father, a sawmill worker from Arkansas, was a fisherman and a heavy drinker.Carver's mother worked on and off as a waitress and a retail clerk.

His brother, James Franklin Carver, was born in 1943.Carver was educated at local schools in Yakima.In his spare time, he read mostly novels by Mickey Spillane or publications such as Sports Afield and Outdoor Life, and hunted and fished with friends and family.

After graduating from Yakima High School in 1956, Carver worked with his father at a sawmill in California.In June 1957, at age 19, he married 16-year-old Maryann Burk, who had just graduated from a private Episcopal school for girls.

Their daughter, Christine La Rae, was born in December 1957.Their second child, a boy named Vance Lindsay, was born a year later.

Carver worked as a delivery man, janitor, library assistant, and sawmill laborer, while Maryann worked as an administrative assistant, high school English teacher, salesperson, and waitress.


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