David Sexton

Interview: Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver was born in 1939 in Clatskanie, Oregon. He grew up in ‘a little two-bedroom house’ in Yakima, a small town in Eastern Washington. After school he worked for six months in the same saw-mill his father worked in, beginning a series of jobs that included ‘janitor jobs, delivery man jobs, service-station jobs, stockroom boy jobs…’ He married young and had two children – ‘I was eighteen, she was sixteen and pregnant’.

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