"MEN AND WOMEN OUT OF WORK, OR BETWEEN JOBS, AT LOOSE ENDS, CONFUSED AND OFTEN TERRIFIED": FIRST EDITION OF RAYMOND CARVER'S WILL YOU PLEASE BE QUIET, PLEASE?
CARVER, Raymond. Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? The Stories of Raymond Carver. New York: McGraw-Hill, (1976). Octavo, original half blue coated cloth, original dust jacket. $950.
First edition of this acclaimed collection of 22 short stories.
"In most of these 22 short fictions, the objects of Raymond Carver's close attention are men and women out of work, or between jobs, at loose ends, confused and often terrified… The stories themselves are not at all confused; they have been carefully shaped, shorn of ornamentation and directed away from anything that might mislead. They are brief stories but by no means stark: they imply complexities of action and motive and they are especially artful in their suggestion of repressed violence… In his choice of plots and materials Mr. Carver is in the modernist train of Kafka. Odd and threatening messages come as though by magic through the mails or by telephone. Strangers invade one another's lives and offer preposterous challenges to one another… Mr. Carver's tact and precision are marvelous: he indulges in no psychedelic effects, no light shows or undersea swims, no anti-gravitational hocus-pocus, but rather a clean shearing off of sequence… Mr. Carver's work here is done, and wonderfully" (New York Times). In addition to the title story, includes "Fat," "Put Yourself in My Shoes," and 19 other stories.
Book fine, dust jacket very nearly so, much nicer than often found.