Ward No. 6 And Other Stories, 1892-1895

Paperback | August 27, 2002

byAnton ChekhovTranslated byRonald WilksIntroduction byJ. Douglas Clayton

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Tales of madness, alienation, and insight from a master of the short story

Ward No. 6 and Other Stories 1892-1895 collects stories which show Anton Chekhov beginning to confront complex, ambiguous and often extreme emotions in his short fiction. These stories from the middle period of Chekhov's career include - influenced by his own experiences as a doctor - 'Ward No. 6', a savage indictment of the medical profession set in a mental hospital; 'The Black Monk', portraying an academic who has strange hallucinations, explores ideas of genius and insanity; 'Murder', in which religious fervour leads to violence; while in 'The Student', Chekhov's favourite story, a young man recounts a tale from the gospels and undergoes a spiritual epiphany. In all the stories collected here, Chekhov's characters face madness, alienation and frustration before they experience brief, ephemeral moments of insight, often earned at great cost, where they confront the reality of their existence.

This is the second in three chronological volumes of Chekhov's short stories in Penguin Classics. Ronald Wilks's lucid translation is accompanied by an introduction discussing the increasingly experimental style of Chekhov's writing during this time. This edition also contains an annotated bibliography, chronology and explanatory notes. 

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Tales of madness, alienation, and insight from a master of the short storyWard No. 6 and Other Stories 1892-1895 collects stories which show Anton Chekhov beginning to confront complex, ambiguous and often extreme emotions in his short fiction. These stories from the middle period of Chekhov's career include - influenced by his own exp...

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'. Ronald Wilks has translated many Russian works including, for Penguin, those of Gorky, Sologub, Tolstoy, Pushkin, and Chekhov. J. Douglas Clayton is Professor of R...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.79 × 5.1 × 0.84 inPublished:August 27, 2002Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140447865

ISBN - 13:9780140447866

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

Ward No. 6 and Other Stories, 1892-1895Introduction
Further Reading
Chronology
Note on Text
Patronymics

The Grasshopper
Ward No. 6
Ariadna
The Black Monk
Murder
A Woman's Kingdom
The Two Volodyas
Three Years
The Student

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