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Tells the stories of a fawning official, a man's search for convictions, a boy's journey across Russia, and ordinary people in situations that reveal a surprising change of emotion
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" Twentieth-century consciousness didn't begin on the stroke of midnight 1899, but in the minds of the outriders of human society--the artists--some time before. As early as 1886, when Chekhov wrote 'Anyuta' out of his daily experiences as a medical student, he showed that in the apparently inconsequential lie the enormities of human behavior; in ellipsis--if the writer is good enough to convey this--is what people feel and leave unsaid. . . . Those of us who write short stories--could we, if there had been no Chekhov? Without him,
I believe the short story would have become an archaic form."
Other Chekhov collections from the
Later Short Stories: 1888-1903
Longer Stories from the Last Decade
" Chekhov is a supreme artist," said Harold Brodkey. "He has conferred more meaning on us than any other artist of the century. He is the founding master and tutelary spirit of democratic realism."
This collection, selected by Shelby Foote, presents seventy of Chekhov's early short stories, written between 1883 and 1888, in celebrated translations by Constance Garnett. One of the most memorable is "The Death of a Government Clerk," a glorious parody in which a fawning official is undone by an ill-timed sneeze. "On the Road," the history of an educated man's search for convictions, is one of Chekhov's finest dramatic stories and the source of his first full-length play, Ivanov. And in "The Steppe," which marked a turning point in Chekhov's career, a boy's picaresque journey across the Russian heartland evokes the soul of Russia itself. Also included are "The Huntsman," "Anyuta," "Easter Eve," "Happiness," and "The Kiss."
"Chekhov is a superb anatomist of the human heart and an utter master of his literary means," said John Barth. "The details of scene and behavior, the emotions registered--seldom bravura, typically muted and complex, often as surprising to the characters themselves as to the reader, but always right--move, astonish, and delight us line after line, story after story." Eudora Welty agreed: "Chekhov, speaking simply and never otherwise than as an artist and a humane man, showed us in fullness and plenitude the mystery of our lives. . . . What truth [he] found through his stories is ours forever."
Shelby Foote has provided an Introduction for this edition.
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