honoring the original

December 7, 2015

Tess Gallagher and Beginners

In 1981, when Raymond Carver’s second collection of short stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, was published, the manuscript had been drastically reduced by Carver’s editor, Gordon Lish. After Carver’s death, in 1988, poet Tess Gallagher, his widow, fought with Lish for the restoration and publication of the original text. In 2010, Vintage Books published Beginners, Raymond Carver’s stories as he drafted them.

Read more of this fascinating tale in a conversation with Gordon Lish published this week in The Guardian, a review in The New York Review of Books and an enthusiastic review in The Guardian.

On Friday, December 11, 2015, at 7:00pm, Tess Gallagher will discuss and read from Beginners at Village Books.


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