Lady with the Little Dog and Other Stories, 1896-1904

ISBN-10: 0140447873

ISBN-13: 9780140447873

Edition: 2002

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Description: These stories, written during the final decade of Chekhov's life, reveal a writer who, in response to the ideas of symbolism and impressionism, was moving beyond 19th-century realism to become an influential innovator of the short story.

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 11/26/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in the provincial town of Taganrog, Ukraine, in 1860. In the mid-1880s, Chekhov became a physician, and shortly thereafter he began to write short stories. Chekhov started writing plays a few years later, mainly short comic sketches he called vaudvilles. The first collection of his humorous writings, Motley Stories, appeared in 1886, and his first play, Ivanov, was produced in Moscow the next year. In 1896, the Alexandrinsky Theater in St. Petersburg performed his first full- length drama, The Seagull. Some of Chekhov's most successful plays include The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya, and Three Sisters. Chekhov brought believable but complex personalizations to his characters, while exploring the conflict between the landed gentry and the oppressed peasant classes. Chekhov voiced a need for serious, even revolutionary, action, and the social stresses he described prefigured the Communist Revolution in Russia by twenty years. He is considered one of Russia's greatest playwrights. Chekhov contracted tuberculosis in 1884, and was certain he would die an early death. In 1901, he married Olga Knipper, an actress who had played leading roles in several of his plays. Chekhov died in 1904, spending his final years in Yalta.

Anton Checkov (1860-1904) was a Russian physician and writer of short stories and plays, including the masterpieces Uncle Vanya, The Seagull, and The Cherry Orchard.

Ronald Wilks has translated Chekhovs short stories, as well as the work of other Russian writers, for Penguin Classics.John Sutherland teaches English at University College, London and has edited several works for Penguin Classics.

Introduction
Further Reading
Chronology
Note on Text
Patronymics
The House with the Mezzanine
Peasants
Man in a Case
Gooseberries
About Love
A Visit to Friends
Ionych
My Life
The Lady with the Little Dog
In the Ravine
Disturbing the Balance
The Bishop
The Bride
Publishing History and Notes
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