Chekhov

The Essential Plays

By Anton Pavlovich Chekhov; Michael Henry Heim (Translator); Michael Henry Heim (Introduction by)
(Modern Library, Paperback, 9780375761348, 263pp.)

Publication Date: August 19, 2003

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Because Chekhov’s 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 Chekhov’s four essential masterpieces for the theater.




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]

Max Blecher, born in 1909 into a Jewish family in Romania, contracted tuberculosis of the spine at 19, and spent the rest of his life in hospitals. Despite his illness, he wrote steadily and carried on an intense correspondence with many, including Andre Breton, Andre Gide, and Martin Heidegger. He died at the age of 28.

Max Blecher, born in 1909 into a Jewish family in Romania, contracted tuberculosis of the spine at 19, and spent the rest of his life in hospitals. Despite his illness, he wrote steadily and carried on an intense correspondence with many, including Andre Breton, Andre Gide, and Martin Heidegger. He died at the age of 28.


Praise For Chekhov

“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

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