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Uncle Vanya

ISBN-10: 0573600570

ISBN-13: 9780573600579

Edition: 1983

Authors: Anton Chekhov

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A translation of the play by the Russian writer who also wrote The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull and The Three Sisters. The translator wrote her version in collaboration with the cast of the 1992 National Theatre production of Uncle Vanya, which includes Ian McKellen and Antony Sher.
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Book details

Copyright year: 1983
Publisher: Samuel French Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 82
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.