By Raymond Carver

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

In this discussion, writers Tony Birch and Josephine Rowe –both well acquainted with writing short stories –explore Raymond Carver’s landmark 1976 collection, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?.

Making notes on specific stories from the book, as well as tracing broader themes running throughout, they examine relationships, alienation, nostalgia, cruelty, silence and confession in Carver’s writing –as well as sharing some of Carver’s own reflections about how he approaches his work.


Texts in the City goes digital: Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

Further reading

Watch the full discussion here.

Read the extended profile of Carver in The Paris Review (1983).

Read a 2009 article by the Guardian’s Gaby Wood on Carver’s relationship with his editor, Gordon Lish.

Richard Ford on meeting Raymond Carver, for The New Yorker (1998).

‘Raymond Carver’s OkCupid Profile, Edited by Gordon Lish’ –satire by Jimmy Chen at McSweeney’s.

Community reviews on Goodreads.

Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver (1938 – 1988) was an American short story writer and poet. Carver was a notable writer of the late 20th century and a contributor to the revitalisation of the American short story in literature during the 1980s.