Best Anton Pavlovich Chekhov books

Chekhov: Four Plays (Great Translations for Actors Series)

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

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A collection of new, production tested translations of the four great plays by Anton Chekhov: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard. These translations are both faithful to the rich, pure poetry and music of the original Russian language and at the same time fluid for the modern actor and accessible for the contemporary American audience. Included is a glossary and pronunciation guide.

The boor: a comedy in one act

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

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Chekhov: The Vaudevilles and Other Short Works (Great Translations for Actors Series)

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

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The first complete American translation of Chekhov's ten vaudevilles. The comedic one-act farces are: The Bear, The Proposal, On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco, The Night Before the Trial, On the High Road, The Wedding, The Anniversary, A Tragic Role, and Tatyana Repina. These are jewels for the stage -- ready to use for actors and directors, and for students of drama who wish to enrich their appreciation of the virtuosity and complexity of this great Russian playwright. Chekhov wrote these confections early in his career, before he tuned to his serious plays. All ten have been newly (and faithfully) translated and assembled in a unique collection here, to make them fresh and accessible for contemporary actors and audiences. An introduction is included for literary historical perspective, as well as a glossary and pronunciation guide for the actor's usage.

The Seagull: Chayka (Russian Edition)

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

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The Seagull is a play by Anton Chekhov, written in 1895 and first produced in 1896. The Seagull is generally considered to be the first of his four major plays. It dramatises the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the famous middlebrow story writer Boris Trigorin, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the symbolist playwright Konstantin Treplev.

Note-Book of Anton Chekhov

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

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This volume consists of notes, themes, and sketches for works which Anton Chekhov intended to write, and are characteristic of the methods of his artistic production. Among his papers was found a series of sheets in a special cover with the inscription: "Themes, thoughts, notes, and fragments." Madame L.O. Knipper-Chekhov, Chekhov's wife, also possesses his note-book, in which he entered separate themes for his future work, quotations which he liked, etc. If he used any material, he used to strike it out in the note-book. The significance which Chekhov attributed to this material may be judged from the fact that he recopied most of it into a special copy book.

The Boor, A Comedy in One Act

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

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While Anton Chekhov is best known for his lengthier plays, he also wrote one-act comedies. The Boor is one of those. In The Boor, a crude and rude landowner, Smirnov, visits a grieving widow, Yelena, to collect on a debt her departed husband owed him. He needs the money today as he has to pay tomorrow. Her estate manager is not there and she cannot pay until the man comes back the day after tomorrow. The boor decides he will camp out in her salon till she forks over the money. The play develops to the point that the boor challenges the widow to a duel with totally unexpected consequences.

Chekhov: The Early Plays (Platonov / Ivanov / The Wood Demon)

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

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Discover the early works of the youthful Dr. Chekhov, whose passion for his two warring muses, comedy and tragedy, is nowhere more evident than in his first three full-length plays, Platanov, Ivanov, and The Wood Demon. These works are assembled in this third volume of the complete plays of Anton Chekhov, newly translated by Carol Rocamora and published in honor of Chekhov's centennial. Platonov, Chekhov's earliest, rarely translated play is adapted by Rocamora from its original, six-hour long, unfinished state into a playable comedy about a Russian Don Juan who copes with his boredom and ennui by victimizing every woman in the district. Ivanov, Chekhov's incarnation of the Russian Hamlet, is a marvel of a character study which has challenged actors from John Gielgud to Ralph Fiennes to Kevin Kline. And finally, The Wood Demon, Chekhov's earlier, comedic version of his masterpiece, Uncle Vanya. Actors, directors and lovers of Chekhov's plays will delight in discovering many of the settings, characters, and themes that later appear in his four major works. Theatres will find three exciting full-length plays infrequently performed in the United States which merit renewed attention.

Stories of Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

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Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the highly acclaimed translators of War and Peace, Doctor Zhivago, and Anna Karenina, which was an Oprah Book Club pick and million-copy bestseller, bring their unmatched talents to The Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov, a collection of thirty of Chekhov’s best tales from the major periods of his creative life.
 
Considered the greatest short story writer, Anton Chekhov changed the genre itself with his spare, impressionistic depictions of Russian life and the human condition. From characteristically brief, evocative early pieces such as “The Huntsman” and the tour de force “A Boring Story,” to his best-known stories such as “The Lady with the Little Dog” and his own personal favorite, “The Student,” Chekhov’s short fiction possesses the transcendent power of art to awe and change the reader. This monumental edition, expertly translated, is especially faithful to the meaning of Chekhov’s prose and the unique rhythms of his writing, giving readers an authentic sense of his style and a true understanding of his greatness.

The Bear: A Joke in One Act

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

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The Plays of Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

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These critically hailed translations of The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters and the other Chekhov plays are the only ones in English by a Russian-language scholar who is also a veteran Chekhovian actor.

Without compromising the spirit of the text, Paul Schmidt accurately translates Chekhov's entire theatrical canon, rescuing the humor "lost" in most academic translations while respecting the historical context and original social climate.

Schmidt's translations of Chekhov have been successfully staged all over the U.S. by such theatrical directors as Lee Strasberg, Elizabeth Swados, Peter Sellars and Robert Wilson. Critics have hailed these translations as making Chekhov fully accessible to American audiences. They are also accurate -- Schmidt has been described as "the gold standard in Russian-English translation" by Michael Holquist of the Russian department at Yale University.