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“Beginners,” Edited


The transformation of a Raymond Carver classic.

The following document compares the original draft of “Beginners” with the final version of the story, retitled “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” edited by Gordon Lish, and published in a collection of the same name by Alfred A. Knopf. Additions to Carver’s draft appear in bold; a strike-through indicates a deletion; and paragraph marks indicate paragraph breaks that were inserted during the editing process.


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Good stuff, Kat. For what it is worth, and this may give perspective on Carver's approach, his hero, main man, was Anton Chekhov. He followed Chekhov's lead in his short stories. They both understood in their flesh that old adage that most people live lives of quiet desperation.

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Hi Tere,

I came across this quote today and thought of this thread:

Advice written by Chekhov in a letter to a young writer: "If you want to move your reader, write more coldly."
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