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Cathedral (Paperback)

by Raymond Carver

47 Endings Can't Ruin A Great Novel: Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms 1

Would you want to read a war novel called Love Is One Fervent Fire? Or Death Once Dead? Or, God forbid, One Event Happeneth to Them All? Evidently, Hemingway considered all these and many more even worse ones before making a note to himself, “Shitty titles,” and going with A Farewell to Arms.

It's All Right to Cry: Restoring Raymond Carver's Voice 12

The conventional shorthand is that Gordon Lish’s versions are bracing and bleak, Carver’s verbose and sentimental. But, in a just world, Beginners would be published as a stand-alone volume to replace the shell that Lish made of it.

In Defense of Editors 23

Gordon Lish usurped Raymond Carver's work, and with it, some of his identity. It was traumatic at times for both parties, but in terms of art and aesthetic, wasn't it worth it?