The Essential Tales Of Chekhov

Paperback | June 20, 2000

byAnton Chekhov

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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.

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He is widely considered the best short story writer of all time, although he is more famous for his dramas. In The Essential Tales of Chekhov, Richard Ford brings together 20 of his favourite Anton Chekhov stories from a choice of more than 200. It contains “The Lady with the Dog,” perhaps Chekhov’s most famous work, as well as a s...

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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 lesse...

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in Taganrog, Ukraine in 1860. First published in the eighteen-eighties, he was a celebrated figure in Russia by the time of his death in 1904, but he remained relatively unknown internationally until the years after World War I, when his works were translated into English. His essays, plays, poetry, an...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.92 inPublished:June 20, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060956569

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He is widely considered the best short story writer of all time, although he is more famous for his dramas. In The Essential Tales of Chekhov, Richard Ford brings together 20 of his favourite Anton Chekhov stories from a choice of more than 200. It contains “The Lady with the Dog,” perhaps Chekhov’s most famous work, as well as a series of lesser-known stories that Constance Garnett translates. This book is a great introduction to the writings of Chekhov and is a must read for literature buffs.