The Seagull

The Seagull


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“Senelick’s accomplishment is astounding.”—Library Journal

Anton Chekhov is a unique force in modern drama, his works cherished for their brilliant wit and insight into the human condition. In this stunning new translation of one of Chekhov’s most popular and beloved plays, Laurence Senelick presents a fresh perspective on the master playwright and his groundbreaking dramas. He brings this timeless trial of art and love to life as memorable characters have clashing desires and lose balance in the shifting eruptions of society and a modernizing Russia. Supplementing the play is an account of Chekhov’s life; a note on the translation; an introduction to the work; and variant lines, often removed due to government censorship, which illuminate the context in which they were written. This edition is the perfect guide to enriching our understanding of this great dramatist or to staging a production.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393338171
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/12/2010
Series: Stage Edition Series
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 654,955
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About 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).

Table of Contents

Anton Chekhov: 1860-1904v
The Seagull in contextxx
The seagull and the enchanted lakexxv
The play-within-the-playxxviii
Time and memory; youth and age; sleep and dreamxxxiii
Art and life; love and destructionxxxvi
Comedy or tragedy?xxxix
Problems of translationxli
Critical perspectivesxlvi
The Seagull in productionliv
Further Readinglxxvii
Translator's Introductionlxxix
A Note on the Translationxciii
Pronunciation of the Namesxcvii
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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!