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One can argue Anton Chekhov is the second-most popular writer on the planet. Only Shakespeare outranks Chekhov in terms of movie adaptations of their work, according to the movie database IMDb. We generally know less about Chekhov than we know about mysterious Shakespeare. Critics have noted similarities in how Chekhov and Shimizu use a mixture of light humour as well as an intense depictions of longing. Laurence Olivier 's final effort as a film director was a adaption of Three Sisters in which he also played a supporting role. His work has also served as inspiration or been referenced in numerous films.
Woody Allen has been influenced by Chekhov and reference to his works are present in many of his films including Love and Death , Interiors and Hannah and Her Sisters The Cherry Orchard has a role in the comedy film Henry's Crime A portion of a stage production of Three Sisters appears in the drama film Still Alice.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Chekhov disambiguation. Russian dramatist, author and physician. This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs ; the patronymic is Pavlovich and the family name is Chekhov. Main article: Anton Chekhov bibliography. Literature portal Biography portal.
Rossolimo, 11 October Retrieved 16 February Letters of Anton Chekhov. On Wikiquote. Actor Ian McKellen , quoted in Miles, 9. Malcolm , p. It is only the second that is obligatory for the artist. Shcheglov, 9 March The wonderfully compassionate Chekhov was yet to mature. Literary and Genre. Knoxville: SleuthSayers. Leykin, 6 April I see my old friends the ravens flying over the steppe.
Chapter 1. Chekhov’s Vision of Reality
Quoted by Malcolm , p. Koni, 16 January Alfred A. Knopf: New York, Journal of Postcolonial Writing : 1— Anthem Press. For Rozanov, Chekhov represents a concluding stage of classical Russian literature at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, caused by the fading of the thousand-year-old Christian tradition that had sustained much of this literature.
On the one hand, Rozanov regards Chekhov's positivism and atheism as his shortcomings, naming them among the reasons for Chekhov's popularity in society. Karlinsky, Simon; Heim, Michael Henry eds.
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Northwestern University Press. While Anton did not turn into the kind of militant atheist that his older brother Alexander eventually became, there is no doubt that he was a non-believer in the last decades of his life. Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov. Random House Digital, Inc. According to Leonid Grossman, "In his revelation of those evangelical elements, the atheist Chekhov is unquestionably one of the most Christian poets of world literature. Sexually, he preferred brothels or swift liaisons. Short Stories. London Evening Standard.
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April Retrieved 12 September The Nineteenth Century. American Slavic and East European Review. New Reading Mansfield and Metaphors of Reform. McGill-Queen's Press. It was he who articulated the notion that human beings hardly ever speak in explicit terms among each other about their deepest emotions, that the great, tragic, climactic moments are often happening beneath outwardly trivial conversation. Retrieved 17 February Retrieved 10 September Before Chekhov, the event-plot drove all fictions.
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Westport, Ct: Greenwood Press, Bunin, Reminiscences of Anton Chekhov , translated by S. Read at eldritchpress. About the challenges of combining writing with the medical life. Malcolm, Janet . Communication and its interruptions bear much importance throughout Chekhov's stories. In particular, the author focuses on the extent of communication between people of different social classes and the diverse views these people hold on social inequality.
Some characters take positive steps to discuss this issue—such as Ivan in Gooseberries, who wants to open channels of communication between the landowners and the peasants. But as we see in My Life or in In the Ravine, these channels sometimes either do not exist or are easily broken down. Often, the characters simply fail to understand one another's point of view. For example, in Ward No. In On Official Duty, the constable Loshadin talks to the examining magistrate about duty and personal responsibility, but the young man seems more depressed than animated by their conversation.
On a more personal level, Olga in The Darling has no views of her own to express, while Gurov in The Lady with the Dog finds that he cannot communicate with his friends or his wife. In general, therefore, Chekhov's characters search for understanding but fall short in their inability or reluctance to communicate. Chekhov described the Russian life of his time using a deceptively simple technique devoid of obtrusive literary devices, and he is regarded as the outstanding representative of the late 19th-century Russian realist school.
This work, along with the play Ivanov —89 , brought Chekhov acclaim. Although Chekhov is best known for his plays, some critics think that his stories are even more creative and significant. Chekhov captured life in the Russia of his time by using a deceptively simple technique devoid of obtrusive literary devices. He is regarded as the outstanding representative of late 19th-century Russian realism. Though already celebrated by the Russian literary public before his death, Chekhov did not become internationally famous until after World War I.
Chekhov took his long-winded and ineptly facetious play Wood Demon —89 and converted it—largely by cutting—into Uncle Vanya , one of his greatest stage masterpieces. In another great play, The Cherry Orchard , Chekhov created a poignant picture of Russian landowners in decline, in which characters remain comic despite their very poignancy.
In March Chekhov suffered a lung hemorrhage caused by tuberculosis , symptoms of which had appeared considerably earlier. The effects of tuberculosis caused his health to decline over several years, and, some six months after The Cherry Orchard was first performed in Moscow January 17, , Chekhov died of the disease. He compelled his son to serve in his shop, also conscripting him into a church choir, which he himself conducted.
Despite the kindness of his mother, childhood remained a painful memory to Chekhov, although it later proved to be a vivid and absorbing experience that he often invoked in his works. After briefly attending a local school for Greek boys, Chekhov entered the town gimnaziya high school , where he remained for 10 years. There he received the best standard education then available—thorough but unimaginative and based on the Greek and Latin classics. During his last three years at school Chekhov lived alone and supported himself by coaching younger boys; his father, having gone bankrupt, had moved with the rest of his family to Moscow to make a fresh start.
In the autumn of Chekhov joined his family in Moscow, which was to be his main base until By that time he was already the economic mainstay of his family, for his father could obtain only poorly paid employment. As unofficial head of the family Anton showed great reserves of responsibility and energy, cheerfully supporting his mother and the younger children through his freelance earnings as a journalist and writer of comic sketches—work that he combined with arduous medical studies and a busy social life.