Kirk Nesset

Kirk Nesset is author of two books of short stories Paradise Road (University of Pittsburgh Press), and Mr. Agreeable (Mammoth Press), as well as Alphabet of the World: Selected Works of Eugenio Montejo (translations, Bucknell University Press, forthcoming). He was awarded the Drue Heinz literature prize in 2007 and has received a Pushcart Prize and numerous grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His stories, poems and translations have appeared in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, Agni, Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, The Sun, Fiction, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing and literature at Allegheny College.

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Stories of Raymond Carver · A Critical Study
By Kirk Nesset

Raymond Carver, known in some circles as the “godfather of minimalism,” has been credited by many as the rejuvenator of the once-dying American short story. (See the link on this page to a 2008 Kenyon Review story that discusses the recent controversy over the editing of Carver’s stories.)

“This short volume intelligently synthesizes and supplements much of the earlier criticism about this significant writer, who died at the peak of his powers in 1988.”

B. H. Leeds, Choice