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Guide to the Raymond Carver Correspondence, 1977-1988
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Folder 1

Correspondence About Raymond Carver, 1977 - 1988

 

1978, Jan. 05, James K. P. Mortensen to David Swanger, El Paso, TX.

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"Mr. Raymond Carver has applied for a position as a teacher of creative writing here..."
 

1978, Jan. 05, David Swanger to Lester A. Standiford, Santa Cruz, CA.

Physical Description: 2 pages (photocopy)

Scope and Content Note

"I am writing on behalf of Ray Carver, who I understand is being considered for a Visiting Professorship at the University of Texas at El Paso..."
 

1988, Oct. 9, Tess Gallagher to David Swanger, Port Angeles, WA.

Physical Description: 1 page with memorial card

Scope and Content Note

"...Thank you for sending along your good piece [from Remembering Ray, William Stull, ed.] which adds so much to the full picture of Ray's life..."
Folder 2

Correspondence from Raymond Carver to David Swanger, 1977 - 1988

 

[1976?], Jan. 26 , RC to DS

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"Hey, mon, thank you so much for that forty bucks; I needed it badly (not to pay for this stationery), and I'll return it the soonest. I got an advance copy of the book..."
 

[1977], Sep. 27, RC to DS, McKinleyville, CA.

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"Hope this finds all well there. We're okay up here. Still without a phone, and on a hide-line level of existence, or so it would seem but we're alive and well. Unending trouble over the summer..."
 

[1977], Nov. 23, RC to DS, [McKinleyville, CA.]

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"Thanks for the various communications you've directed this way recently. There's an amusing story about that Gilbert poem..."
 

[1977], Dec. 29, RC to DS, [McKinleyville, CA.]

Physical Description: 2 pages

Scope and Content Note

"How are you? Things okay here, but getting better by the minute I feel. Chris and Vance found there ( sic) way up here for Christmas..."
 

[1978?], Apr. 15, RC to DS, Iowa City, IA.

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"The flyer for the SCWriters' Conference arrived only yesterday, so it was a while in transit. It looks good..."
 

[1978?], Apr. 29, RC to DS.

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"Greetings. This is just a note. Les Standiford at UTEPsent up some materials of one sort and another a few days ago, and I thought it might please you to know that he used your book for his graduate poetry seminar..."
 

1978, May 17, RC to DS, Iowa City, IA.

Physical Description: 1 postcard

Scope and Content Note

"I can't remember if I gave you my new address..."
 

Jul. 12, RC to DS, Arcata, CA.

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"Hombre! How are you? This is just a little shot. I trust you are well and all..."
 

Jul. 26, RC to DS

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"How are you doing? Thank you for the good letter. I enjoyed being there and it pleases me if I contributed something to the conference..."
 

n.d., RC to DS, El Paso, TX.

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"I trust you folks are well and all. I'm fine, but about busier than I've ever been in my life..."
 

1978, Sep. 30, RC to DS, El Paso, TX.

Physical Description: 1 page + two reviews of Furious Seasons.

Scope and Content Note

"I trust you're well and all. I'm fine, doing a little better, even, than holding my own. I'm enclosing a couple of recent reviews..."
 

1979, Jan. 3, RC to DS, El Paso, TX.

Physical Description: 1 postcard

Scope and Content Note

"Thanks for your good letter. I'm back in Old El Paso..."
 

1979, Mar. 5, RC to DS, [El Paso, TX].

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"This is just a little note, in haste. Things are going very well down here. I'm just back from a week's residency at the U[niversity] of Houston..."
 

1979, Aug. 30, RC to DS, [Tucson, AZ?].

Physical Description: 2 pages

Scope and Content Note

"I've lived in some places including Tel Aviv and Los Angeles, but this place takes the cake. We don't like it at all, yet anyway, but we're going to make the best of it..."
 

1979, Sep. 13, RC to DS, Tucson, AZ.

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"Thanks for the good letter, and the good poems. The poems 'Dangers' and 'My Parents Arrive' I didn't care for overly much..."
 

1979, Nov. 3, RC to DS, [Tucson, AZ?].

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"This is just a little note. How are you doing? We're fine and forging along here with one thing and the other. I'm writing a lot of stories these days, which pleases me, of course..."
 

1980, Feb. 27, RC to DS, Syracuse, NY.

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"How are things going there? I'm Fine. I'm alive and well in Syracuse, and so far so good. I've taken Hayden Carruth's place for this semester..."
 

1980, Jun. 7, RC to DS, Syracuse, NY.

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"This is just a little note. How are you? I'd like to see you sometime, but I don't know when on earth I'll ever be back..."
 

1980, Nov. 30, RC to DS, Syracuse, NY.

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"Thanks fot your good letter. I've been thinking about you too. This proves ESP! First, let me say I liked 'Snake Lover.'..."
 

n.d.[probably March 1981], RC to DS

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"This is just a note, in haste. Things go well, though we're both busy and have our respective noses to the grindstone. Tess is out in Life magazine, the April issue - a portfolio of American poets.'..."
 

1981, Jan. 18, RC to DS, Syracuse, NY.

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"Thanks for the good letter and the good poems. Of the two poems, my favorite is 'He Compares Himself to Another.'..."
 

1981, Sep. 16, RC to DS, [Syracuse, NY].

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"Thanks for the book. I guess it came by Greyhound, by way of Mexico, because it just got here..."
 

1982, Sep. 29, RC to DS, [Syracuse, NY].

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

This is just a little note...I find myself so busy these days I scarcely know which way to turn. I'm serious..."
 

1983, Feb. 24, RC to DS, [Port Angeles, WA].

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"This is only a little note...We're leaving here in an hour to go over to Bellingham, there to see my daughter, Chris..."
 

1983, Oct. 3, RC to DS, Syracuse, NY.

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"This is just a little note...I have to leave in a short while to go to NYC..."
 

1983, Dec. 26, RC to DS, Syracuse, NY.

Physical Description: 2 pages

Scope and Content Note

"I read the book ms. of poems with a lot of pleasure. I liked your other books, as you know, but I really think..."
 

1984, Jan. 7, RC to DS, [Syracuse, NY?].

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"Just a note... I love the new title to the book and the epigram..."
Folder 3

Correspondence from David Swanger to Raymond Carver, 1977 - 1988

Note

Please note: These are photocopies of letters held by Ohio State University.
 

1978, Jan. 19, DS to RC, Santa Cruz, CA.

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"We're starting a Writer's Institute (or some such as title) this summer here..."
 

[1978], Jul. 18, DS to RC, [Santa Cruz, CA].

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"Judging by Quarterly West, reading Carver is exhausting. 1st the reader must watch a snake devour a frog; then he is stepped on by heavy footsteps disguised as words..."
 

1978, Aug. 5, DS to RC, Santa Cruz, CA.

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"This is just to say/ I got your check/ It was warm and flat/ And I ate it/ Like a tortilla. Thanks. Marcia/maris, windblown from Hawaii stopped in; she thrives tautly..."
 

[1981], Apr. 6, DS to RC, Santa Cruz, CA.

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"Thanks so much for WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE. It's a splendid book; even the stories I've read before retain their edge and menace..."
 

[1981], Nov. 1, DS to RC, Santa Cruz, CA.

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"Just to say I have seen "Chef's House" in the current NEW YORKER, and congratulations! It's a good story..."
 

1983, Feb. 10, DS to RC, Santa Cruz, CA.

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"I have in hand the NY Times announcement of the Strauss award. My heartiest congratulations!..."
 

1983, Sep. 15, DS to RC, Santa Cruz, CA.

Physical Description: 2 pages

Scope and Content Note

"Let me offer Lynn's and my heartiest congratulations on Cathedral! And thank you for having a copy sent to me..."
 

[1984?], Jan. 5, DS to RC.

Physical Description: 1 page

Scope and Content Note

"A quick return and an appreciative thankyou for yours of last month. Your advice re. the ms. is all to the good..."