03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Raymond Carver: New Books On His Stories And Life

It's as a chronicle of Carver's growth as a writer that Sklenicka's book is invaluable, particularly after his career path crossed that of the editor Gordon Lish, the self-styled "Captain Fiction." Any readers who doubt Lish's baleful influence on the stories in "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" are apt to think differently after reading Sklenicka's eye-opening account of this difficult and ultimately poisonous relationship.

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