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Anton Chekhov - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Anton Chekhov

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Anton Chekhov, author of The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard; playwright / dramatist; nineteenth century Russian Literature and drama
Anton Chekhov   (1860 - 1904)
 
Category:  Russian Literature
 
Born: 1860
Taganrog, Russia, Russia
 
Died: 1904
Badenweiler, Germany
 
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Anton Chekhov - LIFE STORIES
 
 
7/9/1904     Chekhov and The Cherry Orchard    read it now!
On this day in 1904 Anton Chekhov was interred, some 4000 escorting the casket on a four-mile procession across Moscow. The Cherry Orchard had opened at the Moscow Art Theater just six months earlier, on his forty-fourth birthday. He wrote it at his Yalta cottage, where a fruit orchard was on one side and a cemetery on the other.
10/18/1896     First Seagull Flops
On this day in 1896 Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, the first of his masterpieces, premiered in St. Petersburg. The opening night was such a disaster that by Act Two Chekhov was hiding backstage from the jeering, and by 2 a.m., after hours of walking the streets alone, he was declaring, "Not if I live to be seven hundred will I write another play."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Anton Chekhov's Life and Thought: Selected Letters and Commentary
by Anton Chekhov, Michael Henry Heim (Translator), Simon Karlinsky (Translator)
letters
 
Dear Writer, Dear Actress: The Love Letters of Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper
by Anton Chekhov, Olga Knipper, Jean Benedetti (Editor)
letters
 
Five Plays: Ivanov, the Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and the Cherry Orchard
drama
 
The Portable Chekhov
anthology, fiction
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Anton Chekhov: A Life
by Donald Rayfield
biography
 
If Only We Could Know!: An Interpretation of Chekhov
by Vladimir Kataev, Harvey Pitcher
guide
 
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Classic Notes: The Cherry Orchard
This website for students offers a biography, summaries of each act, and analysis of characters and themes.
Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database (New York University)
Offers synopses and commentary from a medical perspective on over 60 works including "About Love," "Gooseberries," "Lady with the Dog," The Island: A Journey to Sakhalin, The Cherry Orchard, Ivanov, Three Sisters, and Uncle Vanya.

"Perhaps the theme of 'About Love' is carpe diem. Alehin, wracked as he was by mundane concerns and practical ethics, failed to seize the day, and, thus, lost his one opportunity for a fulfilling love. However, Chekhov the diagnostician refuses to give us any easy generalizations about the nature of love. Alehin ponders its essence, but sets the question aside. 'What seems to fit one instance doesn't fit a dozen others,' the lonely landowner concludes."
The Classic Reader
Offers a short biography, and complete electronic texts to selected short stories including "About Love," "Gooseberries," and "In the Ravine," and such plays as Ivanov (Ivanoff), The Sea-Gull, and Uncle Vanya.

"Usually in Chekhov's dramas surprise and tension are not key elements, the dramatic movement is subdued, his characters do not fight, they endure their fate with patience."
TheatreHistory.com
Offers a biography, links, and monologues from works including The Boor, The Cherry Orchard, Ivanov, The Sea-Gull, The Swan Song, and Uncle Vanya.

"Chekhov, with an art peculiar to himself, in scattered scenes, in haphazard glimpses into the lives of his characters, in seemingly trivial conversations, has succeeded in so concentrating the atmosphere of the Russia of his day that we feel it in every line we read, oppressive as the mists that hang over a lake at dawn, and, like those mists, made visible to us by the light of an approaching day."
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