Two Plays of Anton Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard and Three Sisters (The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written)

Two Plays of Anton Chekhov The Cherry Orchard and Three Sisters The Greatest Books Ever Written Chekhov s methods have so often been imitated and borrowed since his time that one is inclined to forget how unexpectedly original they must have been when he first created them just after the turn o

  • Title: Two Plays of Anton Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard and Three Sisters (The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written)
  • Author: Anton Chekhov John Gielgud Lajos Szalay
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  • Page: 420
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  • Chekhov s methods have so often been imitated and borrowed since his time that one is inclined to forget how unexpectedly original they must have been when he first created them, just after the turn of the century His genius for orchestration is unsurpassed Both The Cherry Orchard and Three Sisters are constructed like symphonies or concertos, each act with its own progrChekhov s methods have so often been imitated and borrowed since his time that one is inclined to forget how unexpectedly original they must have been when he first created them, just after the turn of the century His genius for orchestration is unsurpassed Both The Cherry Orchard and Three Sisters are constructed like symphonies or concertos, each act with its own progression The individual instruments, after introducting the main themes one by one, are gradually merged and developed, with many variations, towards a perfectly balanced final movement.Excerpt from the Introduction by John Gielgud.

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    1. Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Russian was born in the small seaport of Taganrog, southern Russia, the son of a grocer Chekhov s grandfather was a serf, who had bought his own freedom and that of his three sons in 1841 He also taught himself to read and write Yevgenia Morozova, Chekhov s mother, was the daughter of a cloth merchant When I think back on my childhood, Chekhov recalled, it all seems quite gloomy to me His early years were shadowed by his father s tyranny, religious fanaticism, and long nights in the store, which was open from five in the morning till midnight He attended a school for Greek boys in Taganrog 1867 68 and Taganrog grammar school 1868 79 The family was forced to move to Moscow following his father s bankruptcy At the age of 16, Chekhov became independent and remained for some time alone in his native town, supporting himself through private tutoring.In 1879 Chekhov entered the Moscow University Medical School While in the school, he began to publish hundreds of comic short stories to support himself and his mother, sisters and brothers His publisher at this period was Nicholas Leikin, owner of the St Petersburg journal Oskolki splinters His subjects were silly social situations, marital problems, farcical encounters between husbands, wives, mistresses, and lovers, whims of young women, of whom Chekhov had not much knowledge the author was was shy with women even after his marriage His works appeared in St Petersburg daily papers, Peterburskaia gazeta from 1885, and Novoe vremia from 1886.Chekhov s first novel, Nenunzhaya pobeda 1882 , set in Hungary, parodied the novels of the popular Hungarian writer M r J kai As a politician J kai was also mocked for his ideological optimism By 1886 Chekhov had gained a wide fame as a writer His second full length novel, The Shooting Party, was translated into English in 1926 Agatha Christie used its characters and atmosphere in her mystery novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 1926.Chekhov graduated in 1884, and practiced medicine until 1892 In 1886 Chekhov met H.S Suvorin, who invited him to become a regular contributor for the St Petersburg daily Novoe vremya His friendship with Suvorin ended in 1898 because of his objections to the anti Dreyfus campaingn conducted by paper But during these years Chechov developed his concept of the dispassionate, non judgemental author He outlined his program in a letter to his brother Aleksandr 1 Absence of lengthy verbiage of political social economic nature 2 total objectivity 3 truthful descriptions of persons and objects 4 extreme brevity 5 audacity and originality flee the stereotype 6 compassion Chekhov s fist book of stories 1886 was a success, and gradually he became a full time writer The author s refusal to join the ranks of social critics arose the wrath of liberal and radical intellitentsia and he was criticized for dealing with serious social and moral questions, but avoiding giving answers However, he was defended by such leading writers as Leo Tolstoy and Nikolai Leskov I m not a liberal, or a conservative, or a gradualist, or a monk, or an indifferentist I should like to be a free artist and that s all Chekhov said in 1888.The failure of his play The Wood Demon 1889 and problems with his novel made Chekhov to withdraw from literature for a period In 1890 he travelled across Siberia to remote prison island, Sakhalin There he conducted a detailed census of some 10,000 convicts and settlers condemned to live their lives on that harsh island Chekhov hoped to use the results of his research for his doctoral dissertation It is probable that hard conditions on the island also worsened his own physical condition From this journey was born his famous travel book T

    2. (more of my GR catch-up)In Three Sisters we follow the titular characters through the years as their upper class life comes and falters, punctuated by melancholy and a longing for a simpler past. They push and are pulled in different directions and at the end it is mostly hard to know whether any character will find much satisfaction.The Cherry Orchard is focused on change as the family home with the orchard is to be auctioned off. It is largely indicative of changes in Russian society at the ti [...]

    3. Es mi primer autor ruso y quizá lea a más autores en el futuro pero conecté a medias con éste. No sési estoy listo para Tres Hermanas pero me pareció demasiado sutil, aunque El Jardín de los Cerezos me agradó más. Quizá no fue el momento correcto para este tipo de literatura.

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