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Anton Chekhov: A Life


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Anton Chekhov's life was short, intense, and dominated by battles, both with his dependents and with the tuberculosis that killed him at age forty-four. The traditional image of Chekhov is that of the restrained artist torn between medicine and literature. But Donald Rayfield's biography reveals the life long hidden behind the noble facade. Here is a man capable of both great generosity toward needy peasants and harsh callousness toward lovers and family, a man who craved with equal passion the company of others and the solitude necessary to create his art. Based on information from Chekhov archives throughout Russia, Rayfield's work has been hailed as a groundbreaking examination of the life of a literary master.A new biography of the great author and playwright.

About the Author

Donald Rayfield (born 1942) is professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary, University of London. He is an author of books about Russian and Georgian literature, and about Joseph Stalin and his secret police. He is also a series editor for books about Russian writers and intelligentsia.

Table of Contents

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Abbreviations and References

A Note on Transliteration

PART I. Father to the Man: 1860-79

1. Forefathers

2. Taganrog

3. Shop, Church and School

4. The Theatres of Life and Art

5. Disintegration

6. Destitution

7. Brothers Abandoned

8. Alone

PART II. Doctor Chekhov: 1879-86

9. Initiation

10. The Wedding Season

11. The Spectator

12. Fragmentation

13. The Death of Mosia

14. The Qualified Practitioner

15. Babkino

16. Petersburg Calls

17. Getting Engaged

18. Acclaim

PART III. My Brothers' Keeper: 1886-9

19. The Suvorins

20. Life in a Chest of Drawers

21. Taganrog Revisited

22. Ivanov in Moscow

23. The Death of Anna

24. Travel and Travails

25. The Prize

26. The Petersburg Ivanov

27. A Death at Luka

28. Shaking the Dust

PART IV. Années de Pèlerinage: 1889-92

29. Exorcising the Demon

30. Arming for the Crusade

31. Crossing Siberia

32. Sakhalin

33. The Flight to Europe

34. Summer at Bogimovo

35. 'The Duel' and the Famine

PART V. Cincinnatus: 1892-4

36. Sowing and Ploughing

37. Cholera

38. Summonnded by Suvorin

39. Sickbay

40. Daschshund Summer

41. Happy Avelan

42. The Women Scatter

PART VI. Lika Disparue: 1894-6

43. Abishag Cherishes David

44. Potapenko the Bounder

45. The Birth of Christina

46. O Charudatta!

47. A Misogynist's Spring

48. Incubating The Seagull

49. The Fugitive Returns

PART VII. The Flight of the Seagull: 1896-7

50. Two Diversions in Petersburg

51. Lika Rediscovered

52. The Khodynka Spring

53. The Consecration of the School

54. Night on a Bare Mountain

55. Fiasco

56. The Death of Christina

57. Cold Comfort

58. A Little Queen in Exile

59. Cutting the Gordian Knot

PART VIII. Flowering Cemeteries: 1897-8

60. The Doctor is Sick

61. An Idle Summer

62. Promenades

63. Dreaming of Algiers

64. Chekhov Dreyfusard

65. The Birth of a Theatre

66. The Broken Cog

PART IX. Three Triumphs: 1898-1901

67. The Seagull Resurrected

68. 'I am a Marxist'

69. Last Season in Melikhovo

70. Uncle Vania Triumphant

71. 'In the Ravine'

72. Olga in Yalta

73. Three Sisters

74. Nice Revisited

75. The Secret Marriage

PART X. Love and Death: 1901-4

76. Honeymoon

77. When Doctors Disagree

78. Conjugal Ills

79. Liubimovka

80. 'The Bride'

81. The Cherry Orchard

82. Last Farewells

83. Aftermath



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Rayfield, Donald
Northwestern University Press
Rayfield, Donald
Evanston, Ill.
19th century
Authors, russian
Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich
Authors, Russian -- 19th century.
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9.25 x 6.13 in

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