Ward No. 6 and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Ward No. 6 and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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Ward No. 6 and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Anton Chekhov

Ward No. 6 and Other Stories, by Anton Chekhov, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:

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Anton Chekhov invented the modern short story. With writing that is concise, realistic, and evocative, he became a sort of photographer in words, less interested in plot than in the subtleties of mood and atmosphere, and the telling detail. His characters, always vividly drawn, come from all walks of life and often seem to be caught up in a world they don’t quite understand.

Early in his brief literary career, Chekhov outlined in a letter to his brother his idea of the ingredients of a good short story. Arguing against moral judgments and political, economic, or social commentary, he wrote, “To describe . . . you need . . . to free yourself from the personal expression. . . . Subjectivity is a terrible thing.” Instead, he favored objectivity, truthfulness, originality, compassion, and brevity. Although his writing developed and matured, he remained largely faithful to these principles.

This new selection of twenty-three stories explores the entire range of Chekhov’s short fiction, from early sketches, such as “The Cook’s Wedding” (1885) and “On the Road” (1886) to late works, such as “In the Ravine” (1900) and “The Bishop" (1902). Ward No. 6 and Other Stories includes some of his most popular tales, such as the title story and “The Lady with the Dog” (1899), as well as several lesser-known works, no less masterful in their composition.

David Plante is a Professor of Writing at Columbia University. He is the author of many novels, including The Ghost of Henry James, The Family (nominated for the National Book Award), and The Woods. He has been a contributor to The New Yorker, Esquire, and Vogue, and a reviewer and features writer for the New York Times Book Review.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593080037
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 07/01/2003
Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 53,226
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian author of plays and short stories. Although Chekhov became a physician and once considered medicine his primary career, he gained fame and esteem through writing, ultimately producing a number of well-known plays, including The Seagull and Uncle Vanya, and a large body of innovative short stories that influenced the evolution of the form.

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Ward No. 6 and Other Stories 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
TheQuillPen More than 1 year ago
Anton Chekhov is, undisputably, one of the greatest short stories writers of all time; this medium-sized volume contains 23 of his best pieces, including, of course, "Ward No. 6," as well as "The Grasshopper," "The Kiss," and "In the Ravine," among others. Far from focusing (rather simplistically) on plot, Chekhov, like a skilled painter, crafts vivid portraits of humanity in his stories, emphasizing subtle expression and mood with his understated style. Considered the creator of the modern short story, Chekhov exerted an influence still felt today. This book, an essential of literature in general, let alone Russian lit, belongs in every bibliophile's collection.
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Chekhov is most definitely one of the greatest short story crafters who has ever lived. This book contains a great selection of his work covering all areas. I would highly recommend it to those who are just beginning to discover the genius of Chekhov, and to those who are busy and require short, entertaining reads. 'Brevity is the sister of talent.' -Anton Chekhov
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely unique and interesting