Understanding Chekhov: A Critical Study of Chekhov's Prose and Drama

Understanding Chekhov: A Critical Study of Chekhov's Prose and Drama

by Donald Rayfield
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0299163148

ISBN-13: 9780299163143

Pub. Date: 07/28/1999

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press


Of all Russian writers, Chekhov is one of the best liked and most easily appreciated. Yet he is also one of the most elusive. Here Donald Rayfield reveals the layers of meaning on which the great dramatist's stories and plays are built. He examines his brief twenty-year creative life, from medical student supplementing his income by writing comic stories to his

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Of all Russian writers, Chekhov is one of the best liked and most easily appreciated. Yet he is also one of the most elusive. Here Donald Rayfield reveals the layers of meaning on which the great dramatist's stories and plays are built. He examines his brief twenty-year creative life, from medical student supplementing his income by writing comic stories to his rapid rise as the father of twentieth-century drama and narrative prose. Understanding Chekhov is enriched by revelations from previously unexplored archival material, which deepen our understanding of Chekhov's sources, preoccupations, philosophy, and his relations with theater, with fellow writers, and with contemporary ideas.

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ISBN-13:
9780299163143
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration vi(1)
Introduction vii
1 Formation of a Writer
1(6)
2 Five Years in Grub Street
7(25)
3 Suvorin and Tolstoy: The Great and The Good
32(14)
4 The Free Writer
46(12)
5 Disease and Self-Destruction
58(14)
6 The Early Plays
72(21)
7 The Consequences of Sakhalin
93(21)
8 Melikhovo
114(21)
9 The Seagull
135(15)
10 Confession
150(15)
11 Uncle Vania
165(18)
12 Peasants
183(15)
13 Love
198(15)
14 Three Sisters
213(14)
15 Valediction
227(13)
16 The Cherry Orchard
240(27)
Select Bibliography 267(11)
Index 278
Part 1: Chekhov's Works 278(6)
Part 2: Names, Places and Topics 284

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