Chekhov: The Essential Plays (Paperback)

By Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, Michael Henry Heim (Translator), Michael Henry Heim (Introduction by)
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Because Chekhov’s plays convey the universally recognizable, sometimes comic, sometimes dramatic, frustrations of decent people trying to make sense of their lives, they remain as fresh and vigorous as when they were written a century ago. Gathered here in superb new renderings by one of the most highly regarded translators of our time—versions that have been staged throughout the United States, Canada, and Great Britain—are Chekhov’s four essential masterpieces for the theater.

About the Author

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian physician, dramatist and author, is considered to be one of the greatest writers of short stories and modern drama. Born in Taganrog, a port town near the Black Sea, he attended medical school at Moscow University. He began writing to supplement his income, writing short humorous sketches of contemporary Russian life. A successful literary careered followed, before his premature death of TB at the age of 44. He is best-remembered for his four dramatic masterpieces: "The Seagull" (1896), "Uncle Vanya" (1899), "Three Sisters" (1901) and "The Cherry Orchard" (1904).

Michael Henry Heim is a prize-winning translator who teaches at UCLA.

Michael Henry Heim is a prize-winning translator who teaches at UCLA.

Praise For…

“Chekhov, speaking simply and never otherwise than as an artist and a humane man, shows us in fullness and plenitude the mystery of our lives.”—Eudora Welty

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375761348
ISBN-10: 0375761349
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: August 19th, 2003
Pages: 263
Language: English