Raymond Carver (1938-1988), an American poet and short story writer, was instrumental in the revitalization of the short story in the 1980s. He influenced authors as diverse as Dan Rhodes, Haruki Murakami and A.L. Kennedy. His achievements include receiving the prestigious Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award (1983). His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. His collections of short stories include Will You Please Be Quiet, Please (1976), What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981) and Cathedral (1983), all published by Harvill in the UK and Vintage in the US.