Complete Plays

ISBN-10: 0393330699

ISBN-13: 9780393330694

Edition: 2007

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"The most complete collection of the Russian playwright's repertoire."Vogue This stunning new translation presents the only truly complete edition of the plays of one of the greatest dramatists in history. Anton Chekhov is a unique force in modern drama, his works interpreted and adapted internationally and beloved for their brilliant wit and understanding of the human condition. This volume contains work never previously translated, including the newly discovered farceThe Power of Hypnotism, the first version ofIvanov, Chekhov's early humorous dialogues, and a description of lost plays and those Chekhov intended to write but never did.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1136
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 3.036
Language: English

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).

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.

Preface
Anton Chekhov's Brief Life
Chronology of Chekhov's Life
A Note on the Translation
Guide to Transliteration and Pronunciation
Introduction
Early Experiments
Untitled Play (Without Patrimony [Disinherited] or Platonov)
Variants
Along the Highway
Collaboration
The Power of Hypnotism
Humorous Dialogues and Parodies
The Fool, or The Retired Captain
A Young Man
Unclean Tragedians and Leprous Playwrights
An Ideal Examination
"Chaos-Vile in Rome"
A Mouth as Big as All Outdoors
Honorable Townsfolk
At the Sickbed
The Case of the Year 1884
A Drama
Before the Eclipse
The Sudden Death of a Steed, or The Magnanimity of the Russian People!
Plays
Swan Song (Calchas)
Variants
The Evils of Tobacco, First Version
Ivanov, First Version
Variants
The Bear
Variants
The Proposal
Variants
Ivanov, Final Version
Variants
Tatyana Repina
An Involuntary Tragedian (From the Life of Vacationers)
Variant
The Wedding
Variants
The Wood Goblin
Variants
The Celebration
Variants
The Eve of the Trial
Variants
The Seagull
Variants
Uncle Vanya
Variant
Three Sisters
Variants
The Evils of Tobacco, Final Version
The Cherry Orchard
Variants
Lost and Unwritten Plays
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