Literature The Best Raymond Carver Stories  

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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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67 10
Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
1983, Knopf

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44 10
What We Talk About When We Tal... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories

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32 7
Why Don't You Dance is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
1978, Quarterly West

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12 1
A Serious Talk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
1980, Playgirl

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20 5
So Much Water So Close to Home is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories

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18 5
Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
1973, Kansas Quarterly

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15 4
Fat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
September 1971, Harper's Bazaar

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12 2
Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
June 1971, Esquire

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14 5
Will You Please Be Quiet, Plea... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories

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11 3
Feathers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
September 1982, The Atlantic Monthly

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11 3
Gazebo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
1980, Missouri Review

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8 2
They're Not Your Husband is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
1973, Chicago Review

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8 2
Nobody Said Anything is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
1970, Seneca Review

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6 1
One More Thing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
1979, North American Review

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7 2
Call If You Need Me is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
1999, Granta

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7 2
The Third Thing That Killed My... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories

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7 2
Boxes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
February 24, 1986, The New Yorker

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8 4
Are These Actual Miles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
1976, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

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7 3
Popular Mechanics is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
March 1978, Playgirl

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7 3
The Bath is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
1981, Columbia

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5 1
Why, Honey? is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
1972, Sou'wester

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7 4
Chef's House is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
1981, The New Yorker

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7 4
Vitamins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
1981, Granta

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6 3
Viewfinder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
1978, Quarterly West

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5 2
Errand is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Raymond Carver Stories
June 1, 1987, The New Yorker