Forty Stories (Paperback)

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Selected stories from each period of Chekhovs career offer a humorous look at ordinary people in trying situations *Author: Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich/ Payne, Robert (TRN)/ Payne, Robert (INT) *Series Title: Vintage Classics *Publication Date: 1991/03/01 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 5.50

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780679733751
SKU 30118180
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0679733752
Release Date 3/1/1991
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Dimensions (in Inches) 5.5H x 5L x 0.75T
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Anton Chekhov
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, the grandson of a serf, is one of Russia's greatest and most cherished writers. His father was a grocer who, when his business went bankrupt, relocated the family from their port town on the Sea of Azov to the city of Moscow. As a young man, Chekhov studied medicine at the university there, but was always more interested in writing, and after graduating as an M.D., he practiced as a doctor for eight years--but he also did freelance journalism and began writing short comic stories, partly as a way to support his impoverished parents and younger siblings. Gradually, his writing became more somber, serious, and focused, probably reflecting his experiences with the sick and dying; he gave up the practice of medicine and, eventually, concentrated on writing plays. His first full-length play, the autobiographical IVANOV, was completed in 1887, but his first popular and critical success was with a production of THE SEAGULL 10 years later, by the Moscow Art Theater, which went on to produce UNCLE VANYA, THE THREE SISTERS, and THE CHERRY ORCHARD--plays that Chekhov insisted were not tragic but farcical and satirical, and demonstrated the influence of French farces and vaudeville on his writing. All his creative life, Chekhov struggled with his vision of his plays and the way they were produced, even when he worked with the illustrious Stanislavsky. In 1892, he bought a house in the country, continuing to write not only plays but his celebrated stories. Five years later, however, he began to exhibit symptoms of tuberculosis, which had killed several family members. In 1901, he married Olga Knipper, an actress who had appeared in several of his plays, but three years later he was dead, at the age of 34. Chekhov remained unknown outside of Russia until, after World War I, his works began to be translated into English, among other languages. He claimed that he wrote plays in order to show people how to look at their lives in an honest way, recognize the dreariness they lived with, and aim at change. His innovative device of having important action occur offstage, revealed to the audience only through dialogue, has been an influence on subsequent playwrights, as has his blend of comedy and tragedy. His stories are widely read today, and revered, and his plays are theatrical staples all over the world.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, the grandson of a serf, is one of Russia's greatest and most cherished writers. His father was a grocer who, when his business went bankrupt, relocated the family from their port town on the Sea of Azov to the city of Moscow. As a young man, Chekhov studied medicine at the university there, but was always more interested in writing, and after graduating as an M.D., he practiced as a doctor for eight years--but he also did freelance journalism and began writing short comic stories, partly as a way to support his impoverished parents and younger siblings. Gradually, his writing became more somber, serious, and focused, probably reflecting his experiences with the sick and dying; he gave up the practice of medicine and, eventually, concentrated on writing plays. His first full-length play, the autobiographical IVANOV, was completed in 1887, but his first popular and critical success was with a production of THE SEAGULL 10 years later, by the Moscow Art Theater, which went on to produce UNCLE VANYA, THE THREE SISTERS, and THE CHERRY ORCHARD--plays that Chekhov insisted were not tragic but farcical and satirical, and demonstrated the influence of French farces and vaudeville on his writing. All his creative life, Chekhov struggled with his vision of his plays and the way they were produced, even when he worked with the illustrious Stanislavsky. In 1892, he bought a house in the country, continuing to write not only plays but his celebrated stories. Five years later, however, he began to exhibit symptoms of tuberculosis, which had killed several family members. In 1901, he married Olga Knipper, an actress who had appeared in several of his plays, but three years later he was dead, at the age of 34. Chekhov remained unknown outside of Russia until, after World War I, his works began to be translated into English, among other languages. He claimed that he wrote plays in order to show people how to look at their lives in an honest way, recognize the dreariness they lived with, and aim at change. His innovative device of having important action occur offstage, revealed to the audience only through dialogue, has been an influence on subsequent playwrights, as has his blend of comedy and tragedy. His stories are widely read today, and revered, and his plays are theatrical staples all over the world.
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Annotation A collection of short stories portraying life among the various strata of Russian society of the 19th century. Chekhov was a master of realism, and his stories remain models of economy and precision of language to this day.
Editors Note Selected stories from each period of Chekhov's career offer a humorous look at ordinary people in trying situations
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