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Life in Letters

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ISBN-10: 0140449221

ISBN-13: 9780140449228

Edition: 2004

Authors: Anton Chekov, Rosamund Bartlett, Anthony Phillips

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From his teenage years in provincial Russia to his premature death in 1904, Anton Chekhov wrote thousands of letters to a wide range of correspondents. This fascinating new selection tells Chekhovs story as a man and a writer through affectionate bulletins to his family, insightful discussions of literature with publishers and theater directors, and tender love letters to his actress wife. Vividly evoking landscapes, people, and his daily life, the letters offer revealing glimpses into Chekhovs preoccupationsthe onset of tuberculosis, his dual careers as doctor and writer, and his ambivalence about his growing reputation as Russias foremost playwright and author. This volume takes us inside the mind of one of the worlds greatest writers, and the character that emerges from these pages is resilient, generous, charming, and life enhancing.
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/28/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144

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.