Chekhov's life was one long battle with his dependants and with the tuberculosis that was to kill him at the age of 44. This biography aims to show him in the heroism of his short life - at times made hell by a monstrous father, possessive sister and delinquent elder brothers. The drama of Chekhov's life took him all over Russia and the world. Using documents and letters, this work investigates the emotions, conflicts and experiences which Chekhov transmuted into his stories and plays.
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Still the standard biography of Chekhov, based on unprecedented access to hitherto unseen archival material.Review:
A noted scholar of the works of Anton Chekhov now turns to his life (1860-1904), with equally revelatory results. Rayfield's densely documented account avoids general statements in favour of quiet accumulation of detail that gradually creates a multifaceted impression of Chekhov's contradictions. Witty, charming, and an ardent lover of women, Russia's greatest dramatist was also coolly detached, prone to capriciousness and capable of considerable cruelty. In Anton Chekhov, Rayfield does not attempt to tidy up a messily complex psyche or to downplay the faults that were as intrinsic to Chekhov's genius as were his merits.
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2555034
Book Description HarperCollins, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002555034