The Seagull

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When it opened in St Petersburg in 1896, The Seagull survived only five performances after a disastrous first night. Two years later it was revived by Nemirovich-Danchenko at the newly-founded Moscow Art Theatre, with Stanislavsky as Trigorin, and was an immediate success, changing for ever the nature and possibilities of drama. Chekhov's description of the play was characteristically self-mocking: 'A comedy - three f., six m., four acts, rural scenery (a view over a lake); much talk of literature, little action,...
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When it opened in St Petersburg in 1896, The Seagull survived only five performances after a disastrous first night. Two years later it was revived by Nemirovich-Danchenko at the newly-founded Moscow Art Theatre, with Stanislavsky as Trigorin, and was an immediate success, changing for ever the nature and possibilities of drama. Chekhov's description of the play was characteristically self-mocking: 'A comedy - three f., six m., four acts, rural scenery (a view over a lake); much talk of literature, little action, five bushels of love'.
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"The play has been flooded with light, like a room with the curtains drawn back."— John Peter, Sunday Times

"The direct simplicity of this new translation … uncovers not only the nerve endings of Chekhov's restless malcontents but also their comic absurdities. It is, as he always intended, actually funny."—Jack Tinker, Daily Mail

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“Senelick . . . has done his job as scholar and translator nearly to perfection.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556859793
  • Publisher: Audio Book Contractors
  • Publication date: 6/30/2007

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: 1860-1904 v
Plot xi
Commentary xx
The Seagull in context xx
The seagull and the enchanted lake xxv
The play-within-the-play xxviii
Time and memory; youth and age; sleep and dream xxxiii
Art and life; love and destruction xxxvi
Comedy or tragedy? xxxix
Problems of translation xli
Critical perspectives xlvi
The Seagull in production liv
Further Reading lxxvii
Translator's Introduction lxxix
A Note on the Translation xciii
Pronunciation of the Names xcvii
The Seagull 1
Notes 68
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    Posted January 31, 2014

    Fireblaze

    He pads in

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    Posted February 1, 2014

    Featherlight

    Go to inertia second result, our new den.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Moonheart

    Gotta go till tomorrow. Cya.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Moonheart

    What? I perfectly innocent. Really!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2001

    A Powerful Work

    I had to read this for a theater program camp, but I must get across that you mustn't judge this play by the title. I was immediately grabbed by the opening scene, and I was drawn into the psychological states of the major characters. It is classified as a comedy, although I heartily disagree - I thought it was more of a melodrama. Overall, I loved Chekhov's use of the the seagull as a symbol for the overall message of the story, which is somewhat dark and sad. I hate sad stories, but this one is definetely an exception! Reccomended for any actor-to-be, or just for fun!

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