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Oxford World's Classics: Early Stories [Paperback]

Anton Chekhov , Patrick Miles , Harvey Pitcher
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18 Feb 1999 Oxford World's Classics
`Even if he had written nothing else', Ivan Bunin wrote of Chekhov's early stories, `we would still have said that an amazing mind had flashed through Russian literature'. His youthful work immediately established Chekhov as a leading writer of both comic and serious fiction. The humorous tales have delighted Russians since the 1880s, while the many admirers of the more serious stories include James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield. In this selection, stories with punchy endings jostle with outrageous paradies, fracical situations, the pastoral comedy of Romance with Double-Bass, and the absurdist humour of classics such as The Death of a Civil Servant. But the volume also contains some of Chekhov's finest stories about children, `non-love' stories like The Little Joke and The Kiss, the hauntingly lyrical Easter Night, and the chilling Let Me Sleep. This translation does full justice to the masterful range of the young Chekhov; for those unfamiliar with his early work this edition will be a revelation.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (18 Feb 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192837567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192837561
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 12.8 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 622,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in 1860 in Taganrog, a
port in southern Russia. His father was a former serf. In 1879, after
receiving a classical education at the Taganrog Gymnasium, he
moved to Moscow to study medicine. During his university years he
helped support his family by writing stories and sketches for
humorous magazines. By 1888 he was contributing to Russia's most
prestigious literary journals and regarded as a major writer. He also
started writing plays: his first full-length play, Ivanov, was produced
in 1887. After undertaking a journey to visit the penal colony on the
Siberian island of Sakhalin in 1890, he settled on a country estate
outside Moscow, where he continued to write and practise medicine.
His failing health forced him to move to Yalta in 1898, where he
wrote his most famous short story, 'The Lady with the Little Dog'
(1899), and two of his best-known plays: Three Sisters (1901) and
The Cherry Orchard (1904), written with Stanislavsky's Moscow Art
Theatre in mind. In 1901 he married the company's leading actress,
Olga Knipper. He died from tuberculosis in Badenweiler, Germany,
in July 1904 at the age of 44.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for lovers of Russian literature 22 Mar 2004
Or indeed for lovers of any good literature! I think this is my favourite collection of Chekhov's tales, I love the humourous stories as much as the poignant lyrical ones. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, it's a wonderfully entertaining collection and makes you want to don a fur hat and snow boots and march through the steppes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish all books were this good 8 Dec 2005
I'd not read Chekhov until this book, and I shall certainly be reading more of his short stories.
There are something like 30 stories in this short 200 page book, but so many of his stories stick in the mind, and I think I will re-read many. His darkly comic side made me laugh out loud on the train the other day, and I sometimes found myself grinning at the situations he got people into.
Not all the stories are comic; almost all of them seemed to have such realistic characters, that I wonder how many of them are autobiographical?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chekhov at his wittiest 16 Aug 2003
This well-chosen selection contains a number of stories that are surprisingly little known in the English-speaking world. And, unlike most volumes of Chekhov, it is outstandingly well translated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best English 1 volume representation of early stories 24 May 2005
By Shalom Freedman - Published on Amazon.com
The aim of the editors is to present the best one- volume English representation of the early stories. In their outstanding introduction to the volume they define very clearly one important aspect of Chekhov's greatness as short- story teller. He had " a marvelous ability to enter into the lives of characters completely to ' inform' as Keats said of the poet, the lives of men , women, children animals and even plants and landscape. And make the reader experience the world from their point- of - view."

Chekhov is a writer who makes the reader have great sympathy for most of his characters. And this even when he is depicting people who are ' unscrewed' in various ways. In these stories there are depictions of unfulfilled lives of lives which feel differently at different times. There are also all the comic modes and devices at work of the early much loved and appreciated Chekhov.

This work has an outstanding introduction by its translators Miles and Pitcher.
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