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Chekhov: The Essential Plays (Modern Library Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

Chekhov's lyrical plays and uproarious farces continue to entertain theatergoers nearly a century after he wrote them. From his early work The Seagull — a depiction of estranged love and thwarted passion that became a great success Stanislavsky's Moscow Art Theater — to his last, The Cherry Orchard — the poignant portrayal of a land-owning family unable to adapt to a changing society — all his plays masterfully combine both levity and pathos. But his comedic genius comes to fruition most fully in his short entertainments, such as the hilarious courtship between a hypochondriac and a shrew depicted in The Proposal. Putting a "slice of life" on stage, Chekhov's dramatic art evokes the painful loneliness of the human condition, yet unfailingly highlights the pretensions and absurdities that make us laugh — at ourselves.

Review:

"Chekhov, speaking simply and never otherwise than as an artist and a humane man, shows us in fullness and plenitude the mystery of our lives." Eudora Welty

Synopsis:

Chekhov's plays are both widely read as literature and constantly performed, giving them unsurpassed ubiquity. Gathered here — in a superb new translation by one of the best, and best-known, contemporary translators — are Chekhov's four masterpieces: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard.

Synopsis:

Because Chekhovs plays convey the universally recognizable, sometimes comic, sometimes dramatic, frustrations of decent people trying to make sense of their lives, they remain as fresh and vigorous as when they were written a century ago. Gathered here in superb new renderings by one of the most highly regarded translators of our time—versions that have been staged throughout the United States, Canada, and Great Britain—are Chekhovs four essential masterpieces for the theater.

Synopsis:

A new rendition of Chekhov's four essential plays, by one of the most admired translators of our time.

About the Author

Chekhov was a playwright and master of the short story. He studied medicine at Moscow, and began to write while a student. His first book of stories in 1886 was successful, and gradually adopted writing as a profession.

Michael Henry Heim is professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. His previous translations include Anton Chekhov's Life and Thought: Selected Letters and Commentary (with Simon Karlinsky); The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera; and My Century, by Günter Grass. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Table of Contents

Biographical Note

Introduction by Michael Henry Heim

An Actors Guide to Russian Names and their Pronunciation

The Seagull

Uncle Vanya

Three Sisters

The Cherry Orchard

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375761348
Author:
Anton Chekhov and Michael Henry Heim
Publisher:
Modern Library
Translator:
Heim, Michael Henry
Introduction by:
Heim, Michael Henry
Introduction:
Heim, Michael Henry
Author:
Chekhov Anton
Author:
Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich
Author:
Heim, Michael Henry
Author:
Anton Chekhov
Author:
Heim, Michael
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich
Subject:
General Drama
Subject:
Drama-Women and Ethnic
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Series Volume:
107-759
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.06x5.26x.60 in. .47 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Modern Library - English 9780375761348 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Chekhov, speaking simply and never otherwise than as an artist and a humane man, shows us in fullness and plenitude the mystery of our lives."
"Synopsis" by , Chekhov's plays are both widely read as literature and constantly performed, giving them unsurpassed ubiquity. Gathered here — in a superb new translation by one of the best, and best-known, contemporary translators — are Chekhov's four masterpieces: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard.
"Synopsis" by , Because Chekhovs plays convey the universally recognizable, sometimes comic, sometimes dramatic, frustrations of decent people trying to make sense of their lives, they remain as fresh and vigorous as when they were written a century ago. Gathered here in superb new renderings by one of the most highly regarded translators of our time—versions that have been staged throughout the United States, Canada, and Great Britain—are Chekhovs four essential masterpieces for the theater.
"Synopsis" by , A new rendition of Chekhov's four essential plays, by one of the most admired translators of our time.
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