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The absolute best Raymond Carver stories of all time, ranked by the community as the greatest. This list features the most popular Raymond Carver stories. Carver was an author, short story writer, and poet, born in Clatskanie, Oregon in 1938. His works helped to revitalize th short story format in American literature, and he is noted as one of the best authors of the 1980s. But what are the best Raymond Carver stories of all time?
 
This list features the absolute best Raymond Carver stories, and ranked based on the opinions of voters. It includes popular Raymond Carver stories such as: "Cathedral," "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love," and "A Serious Talk." Cast your votes below for the best stories by Raymond Carver, one of the best short story writers of all time.

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Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Cathedral 1983, Knopf

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What We Talk About When We Tal... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories

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Why Don't You Dance is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Why Don't You Dance 1978, Quarterly West

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Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes 1973, Kansas Quarterly

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So Much Water So Close to Home is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories

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Gazebo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Gazebo 1980, Missouri Review

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Will You Please Be Quiet, Plea... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories

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A Serious Talk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
A Serious Talk 1980, Playgirl

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Feathers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Feathers September 1982, The Atlantic Monthly

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Fat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Fat September 1971, Harper's Bazaar

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Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Neighbors June 1971, Esquire

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Nobody Said Anything is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Nobody Said Anything 1970, Seneca Review

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Popular Mechanics is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Popular Mechanics March 1978, Playgirl

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Viewfinder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Viewfinder 1978, Quarterly West

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They're Not Your Husband is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
They're Not Your Husband 1973, Chicago Review

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One More Thing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
One More Thing 1979, North American Review

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Are These Actual Miles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Are These Actual Miles 1976, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

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Chef's House is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Chef's House 1981, The New Yorker

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The Bath is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
The Bath 1981, Columbia

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Boxes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Boxes February 24, 1986, The New Yorker

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The Third Thing That Killed My... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories

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Call If You Need Me is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Call If You Need Me 1999, Granta

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The Father is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
The Father 1961, Toyon

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Why, Honey? is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Why, Honey? 1972, Sou'wester

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The Student's Wife is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
The Student's Wife 1964, Carolina Quarterly

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Signals is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Signals 1976, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

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Are You a Doctor? is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Are You a Doctor? 1973, Fiction

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Vitamins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Vitamins 1981, Granta

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Tell the Women We're Going is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Tell the Women We're Going 1971, Sou'wester

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Errand is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Errand June 1, 1987, The New Yorker

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Jerry and Molly and Sam is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Jerry and Molly and Sam 1972, Perspective

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Collectors is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Collectors August 1975, Esquire

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What Do You Do in San Francisc... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
What Do You Do in San Francisco? 1967, Colorado State Review

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How About This? is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
How About This? 1970, Western Humanities Review

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Everything Stuck to Him is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Everything Stuck to Him Fall 1975, Chariton Review

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Night School is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Night School 1971, North American Review

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The Ducks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
The Ducks 1963, Carolina Quarterly

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Bright Red Apples is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Bright Red Apples 1967, Gato Magazine

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Sixty Acres is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Sixty Acres 1969, Discourse

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Blackbird Pie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Blackbird Pie July 7, 1986, The New Yorker

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Pastoral is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
Pastoral Winter 1963, Western Humanities Review