Plays: Ivanov; The Seagull; Uncle Vanya; Three Sisters; The Cherryorchard

Paperback | September 3, 2002

byAnton ChekhovTranslated byPeter CarsonIntroduction byRichard Gilman

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Five masterful dramatic works from one of the world's best-loved playwrights. This collection includes The Cherry Orchard,now on Broadwayin a Roundabout Theater Company production at the American Airlines Theater. Directed by Simon Godwin and starring Diane Lane, John Glover and Susannah Flood.   

At a time when the Russian theatre was dominated by formulaic melodramas and farces, Chekhov created a new sort of drama that laid bare the everyday lives, loves and yearnings of ordinary people. Ivanov depicts a man stifled by inactivity and lost idealism, and The Seagull contrasts a young man's selfish romanticism with the stoicism of a woman cruelly abandoned by her lover. With 'the scenes from country life' of Uncle Vanya, his first fully mature play, Chekhov developed his own unique dramatic world, neither tragedy nor comedy. In Three Sisters the Prozorov sisters endlessly dream of going to Moscow to escape the monotony of provincial life, while his comedy The Cherry Orchard portrays characters futilely clinging to the past as their land is sold from underneath them.

In this edition Peter Carson's moving translations convey Chekhov's subtle blend of comedy, tragedy and psychological insight, while Richard Gilman's introduction examines how Chekhov broke with theatrical conventions and discusses each play in detail. 

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Five masterful dramatic works from one of the world's best-loved playwrights. This collection includes The Cherry Orchard,now on Broadwayin a Roundabout Theater Company production at the American Airlines Theater. Directed by Simon Godwin and starring Diane Lane, John Glover and Susannah Flood.   At a time when the Russian theatre was ...

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian physician and writer of short stories and plays, including the masterpieces: 'Uncle Vanya', 'The Seagull', and 'The Cherry Orchard'. Peter Carson learned Russian during National Service in the Navy at the Joint Services School for Linguistics, Crail and London, and at home - his mother's family l...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.74 × 5.07 × 0.72 inPublished:September 3, 2002Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140447334

ISBN - 13:9780140447330

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

PlaysIntroduction
Further Reading
Chronology
Translator's Note
Glossary

Ivanov
The Seagull
Uncle Vanya
Three Sisters
The Cherry Orchard

Notes