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The Complete Plays

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"The most complete collection of the Russian playwright's repertoire."—Vogue
This stunning new translation presents the only truly complete edition of the plays of one of the greatest dramatists in history. Anton Chekhov is a unique force in modern drama, his works interpreted and adapted internationally and beloved for their brilliant wit and understanding of the human condition.This volume contains work never previously translated, including the newly discovered farce The Power of Hypnotism, the first version ...

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Overview

"The most complete collection of the Russian playwright's repertoire."—Vogue
This stunning new translation presents the only truly complete edition of the plays of one of the greatest dramatists in history. Anton Chekhov is a unique force in modern drama, his works interpreted and adapted internationally and beloved for their brilliant wit and understanding of the human condition.This volume contains work never previously translated, including the newly discovered farce The Power of Hypnotism, the first version of Ivanov, Chekhov's early humorous dialogues, and a description of lost plays and those Chekhov intended to write but never did.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Translations of Chekhov's work have been reviewed before in these pages. The concern now, as then, is the ease with which a particular translation can be voiced by the actor. Director, writer, and translator Curt Columbus's work for the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago is notable for its ability to bring Chekhov across the footlights to an audience out for the evening; Senelick (drama & oratory, Tufts Univ.) offers something of a different order entirely. His introductions to and annotations of the plays are of immense scholarly interest and will be important to both Russian and theater departments. Senelick's accomplishment is astounding, and he has done some amazing detective work in assembling variants of the plays, untranslated work (e.g., the newly discovered "The Power of Hypnosis"), and dialog pieces that Chekhov wrote for comic journals in the 1880s. Audiences would probably rather hear Columbus's more colloquial version, while Senelick's high-toned, even elegant dialog might work best for scholars or for reading aloud at home. Strongly recommended for academic libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/05.]-Larry Schwartz, Minnesota State Univ. Lib., Moorhead Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393330694
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1136
  • Sales rank: 387,001
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Anton Chekhov was born on January 29, 1860 in Taganrog, Russia. He graduated from the University of Moscow in 1884. Chekhov died of tuberculosis in Germany on July 14, 1904, shortly after his marriage to actress Olga Knipper, and was buried in Moscow.

Laurence Senelick is the Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University and author of more than a dozen books, including the award-winning The Chekhov Theatre and The Changing Room: Sex, Drag, and the Theatre. He is director of his own translations of Gogol’s The Inspector General (1998) and Euripides’ The Bakkhai (2001).

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Table of Contents

Anton Chekhov's brief life
Chronology of Chekhov's life
Early experiments
Untitled play (without patrimony [disinherited] or Platonov) 3
Along the highway 222
Collaboration
The power of hypnotism 251
Humorous dialogues and parodies
The fool, or the retired captain 267
A young man 270
Unclean tragedians and leprous playwrights 272
An ideal examination 278
"Chaos-Vile in Rome" 281
A mouth as big as all outdoors 285
Honorable townsfolk 287
At the sickbed 291
The case of the year 1884 292
A drama 294
Before the eclipse 295
The sudden death of a steed, or the magnanimity of the Russian people! 299
Plays
Swan song (Calchas) 305
The evils of tobacco, first version 317
Ivanov, first version 324
The bear 415
The proposal 434
Ivanov, final version 453
Tatyana Repina 533
An involuntary tragedian (from the life of vacationers) 555
The wedding 563
The wood goblin 584
The celebration 705
The eve of the trial 725
The seagull 734
Uncle Vanya 811
Three sisters 874
The evils of tobacco, final version 966
The cherry orchard 971
App Lost and unwritten plays 1049
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