The Essential Tales of Chekhov

By Anton Pavlovich Chekhov; Richard Ford (Editor); Constance Garnett (Translator)
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060956561, 368pp.)

Publication Date: June 2000

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Of the two hundred stories that Anton Chekhov wrote, the twenty stories that appear in this extraordinary collection were personally chosen by Richard Ford--an accomplished storyteller in his own right. Included are the familiar masterpieces--"The Kiss," "The Darling," and "The Lady with the Dog"--as well as several brilliant lesser-known tales such as "A Blunder," "Hush ," and "Champagne." These stories, ordered from 1886 to 1899, are drawn from Chekhov's most fruitful years as a short-story writer. A truly balanced selection, they exhibit the qualities that make Chekhov one of the greatest fiction writers of all time: his gift for detail, dialogue, and humor; his emotional perception and compassion; and his understanding that life's most important moments are often the most overlooked.

"The reason we like Chekhov so much, now at our century's end," writes Ford in his perceptive introduction, "is because his stories from the last century's end feel so modern to us, are so much of our own time and mind." Exquisitely translated by the renowned Constance Garnett, these stories present a wonderful opportunity to introduce yourself--or become reaquainted with--an artist whose genius and influence only increase with every passing generation.




About the Author
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov 29 January 1860[1] - 15 July 1904)[2] was a Russian physician, dramaturge and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history.[3] His career as a dramatist produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics.[4][5] Chekhov practised as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife," he once said, "and literature is my mistress."[6]

The author of five earlier novels and three collections of stories, Richard Ford was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for "Independence Day," the first book to win both prizes. In 2001 he received the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in short fiction.

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Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852) was a novelist and political satirist. The author of "Dead Souls" and "The Overcoat", he was one of Russia's greatest writers.
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