Anton Chekhov's Life and Thought: Selected Letters and Commentary

Anton Chekhov's Life and Thought: Selected Letters and Commentary




First published in 1973, this collection of Chekhov's correspondence is widely regarded as the best introduction to this great Russian writer. Weighted heavily toward the correspondence dealing with literary and intellectual matters, this extremely informative collection provides fascinating insight into Chekhov's development as a writer. Michael Henry Heim's excellent translation and Simon Karlinsky's masterly headnotes make this volume an essential text for anyone interested in Chekhov.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810114609
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 01/28/1997
Edition description: Translated
Pages: 494
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Simon Karlinsky is professor emeritus in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley.

Michael Henry Heim is professor of Slavic languages and literatures at UCLA. He is the author of Contemporary Czech and the translator of  many works, including Dubravka Ugresic's Fording the Stream of Consciousness and In the Jaws of Life and Other Stories, also published by Northwestern University Press.

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Gentle Subversive

I. The Taganrog Metamorphosis

II. The Medical Student Who Wrote for Humor Magazines

III. Serious Literature

IV. Success as a Playwright: "Ivanov"

V. A Sense of Literary Freedom

VI. The Journey to Sakhalin

VII. Western Europe

VIII. The Busy Years

IX. Settled Life

X. "The Seagull"

XI The Inescapable Diagnosis

XII. Nice. The Dreyfus Case

XIII. Yalta

XIV. "Three Sisters." Marriage

XV. "The Cherry Orchard"




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