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Anton Chekhov A Life (Paperback)

Author:  Donald Rayfield
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0810117959
ISBN-13: 9780810117952
Sku: 30685923
Publish Date: 9/1/2000
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 6L x 1.75T
Pages:  674
Age Range:  NA
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Anton Chekhov's life was short, intense, and dominated by battles, both with his dependents and with the tuberculosis that killed him at age forty-four. The traditional image of Chekhov is that of the restrained artist torn between medicine and literature. But Donald Rayfield's biography reveals the life long hidden behind the noble facade. Here is a man capable of both great generosity toward needy peasants and harsh callousness toward lovers and family, a man who craved with equal passion the company of others and the solitude necessary to create his art. Based on information from Chekhov archives throughout Russia, Rayfield's work has been hailed as a groundbreaking examination of the life of a literary master.
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Anton Chekhov's life was short, intense, and dominated by battles, both with his dependents and with the tuberculosis that killed him at age forty-four. The traditional image of Chekhov is that of the restrained artist torn between medicine and literature. But Donald Rayfield's biography reveals the life long hidden behind the noble facade. Here is a man capable of both great generosity toward needy peasants and harsh callousness toward lovers and family, a man who craved with equal passion the company of others and the solitude necessary to create his art. Based on information from Chekhov archives throughout Russia, Rayfield's work has been hailed as a groundbreaking examination of the life of a literary master.A new biography of the great author and playwright.
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A biography of the famed 19th-century Russian novelist and short-story writer. Originally trained as a physician, Chekhov became one of Russia's best-known authors. This biography takes into account several of Chekhov's letters that have been previously ignored or suppressed. A "New York Times" Notable Book for 1998.

Praise

Literary Review
"Donald Rayfield's exemplary biography draws on a daunting array of material inaccessible or ignored by his predecessors."

New York Review of Books
"Donald Rayfield's new 'Life' claims to offer a fuller of portrait of Chekhov than ever before, but his trawl through the Russian archives has produced a tediously detailed compilation of facts about Chekhov's life that is strangely barren of insight into his mind or work." - Aileen Kelly 11/06/1997

Kirkus Reviews
"The definitive biography of Chekhov the private and family man....It will be difficult to fault or outdo [Rayfield's] meticulous research." 12/15/1997

Times Literary Supplement
"Full of fascinating surprises. It is hard to imagine another book about Chekhov after this one." - Arthur Miller

New York Times Book Review
"Rayfield has done Chekhov and his readers a great service. His efforts have uncovered a Chekhov--complex, troubling and ambiguous--who finally feels right as the man behind the art." - Clare Cavanagh 03/15/1998

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0674
Product attributePublisher:   Northwestern University Press
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