Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Raymond Carver


Raymond Carver said it was possible “to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language and endow these things – a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman’s earring – with immense, even startling power.” Nowhere is this alchemy more striking than in the title story of ‘Cathedral’, in which a blind man guides the hand of a sighted man as together they draw the cathedral the blind man can never see. Many view this story, and indeed this collection, as a watershed in the maturing of Carver’s work to a more confidently poetic style.

Paperback, 224pp
Vintage Classics, 2009 (1983)
ISBN 9780099530336