The Complete Plays

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - Drama - 1060 pages
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"The most complete collection of the Russian playwright's repertoire." -- Vogue

This stunning new translation presents the only truly complete edition of the plays of one of the greatest dramatists in history. Anton Chekhov is a unique force in modern drama, his works interpreted and adapted internationally and beloved for their brilliant wit and understanding of the human condition.

This volume contains work never previously translated, including the newly discovered farce The Power of Hypnotism, the first version of Ivanov, Chekhov's early humorous dialogues, and a description of lost plays and those Chekhov intended to write but never did.

"[Laurence Senelick's] introductions and annotations of the plays are of immense scholarly interest. ... Senelick's accomplishment is astounding, and he has done some amazing detective work in assembling variants of the plays, untranslated work, and dialog pieces that Chekhov wrote for comic journals in the 1880s." -- Library Journal

 

  

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User Review  - Will - Goodreads

They do mean complete! It includes sketches, initial drafts, variations, etc. along with commentary on each piece. I skimmed a lot of the "humorous dialogues" and such and focused on the main course ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kristin - Goodreads

re-reading some. Read full review

Contents

Preface
xiii
Chronology of Chekhovs Life
xxvii
A Note on the Translation
xxxv
Guide to Transliteration and Pronunciation
xli
Introduction
xlvii
EARLY EXPERIMENTS
1
Along the Highway
222
COLLABORATION
251
Swan Song Calchas
305
The Bear
415
Ivanov Final Version
453
The Wood Goblin
584
The Celebration
705
The Eve of the Trial
725
The Seagull
734
Uncle Vanya 8
811

HUMOROUS DIALOGUES AND PARODIES
263
Russian People
299
Lost and Unwritten Plays I 049
1049
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in the provincial town of Taganrog, Ukraine, in 1860. In the mid-1880s, Chekhov became a physician, and shortly thereafter he began to write short stories. Chekhov started writing plays a few years later, mainly short comic sketches he called vaudvilles. The first collection of his humorous writings, Motley Stories, appeared in 1886, and his first play, Ivanov, was produced in Moscow the next year. In 1896, the Alexandrinsky Theater in St. Petersburg performed his first full- length drama, The Seagull. Some of Chekhov's most successful plays include The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya, and Three Sisters. Chekhov brought believable but complex personalizations to his characters, while exploring the conflict between the landed gentry and the oppressed peasant classes. Chekhov voiced a need for serious, even revolutionary, action, and the social stresses he described prefigured the Communist Revolution in Russia by twenty years. He is considered one of Russia's greatest playwrights. Chekhov contracted tuberculosis in 1884, and was certain he would die an early death. In 1901, he married Olga Knipper, an actress who had played leading roles in several of his plays. Chekhov died in 1904, spending his final years in Yalta.

Laurence Senelick is the Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University and author of more than a dozen books, including the award-winning The Chekhov Theatre and The Changing Room: Sex, Drag, and the Theatre. He is director of his own translations of Gogol's The Inspector General (1998) and Euripides' The Bakkhai (2001).

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