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by Robert Brustein,Anton Chekhov

Newly repackaged, here are the five masterpieces by one of the world's greatest playwrights, in translation by Ann Dunnigan. As Robert Brustein declares in the foreword to this edition: "in the modern theater...there are none who bring the drama to a higher realization of its human role."
Download Chekhov: The Major Plays (Signet Classics) epub
ISBN: 0451527763
ISBN13: 978-0451527769
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Dramas & Plays
Author: Robert Brustein,Anton Chekhov
Language: English
Publisher: Signet Classics (January 1, 2001)
ePUB size: 1570 kb
FB2 size: 1667 kb
Rating: 4.6
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I bought this book for a class I took that focused on Chekhov's works. I had heard of most of these plays before, but had never read them before this class. Chekhov's plays really show a mastery of subtlety, whether it be the theme of action vs. inaction in "Uncle Vanya" or pondering one's self-worth in "The Seagull." I had not read many plays outside of Shakespeare, but I'm glad I had a chance to read Chekhov and learn about one of the greatest playwrights. All of the major works are in this book, so it's an excellent starting point for people who want to read some of Anton Chekhov's plays.

I also highly recommend a book that contains Chekhov's short stories, which are much more in number and equally captivating.
ordered for my son who needed it for college and it was just what he needed and he loved it.
One of the best translations, what others do choppily this version does smoothly and intelligibly.
The plays are well written and interpreted, but, to me, dark. Typical Russian author that I do not enjoy. Just a personal choice. I had to buy this book for a class.
Bought this book, but it wasn't translated by Jean-Claude van Itallie like advertised, but instead Ann Dunnigan. Not what I was looking for.
Another over-rated, boring playwright that elitist theatre-goers and college professors hold in high regard, simply to feel above "less refined" people. Chekhov was clearly a depressed failure of an individual. I analyzed his work with the best of them. I'm so glad I'm done with my useless theatre degree and never have to read this boring garbage ever again. Elitist professors use it as though there something to marvel at. I wrote a paper on another idiotic theatrical work, "The Goat," and explained exactly what it was about (societal norms and why we regard sex with animals as wrong). My professor said my paper was a work of genius. In reality, I was disgusted and depressed at the fact that THIS is what I was studying in college. This so-called "art" is not hard to figure out. It's just drudgery created by failed individuals with no happiness or success. Chekhov is just the same.
We are donating our personal libraries to the New York City Library on York Avenue, which has an all volunteer bookstore in the basement, which raises a million dollars a year for the library system. This paperback book will sell for a few dollars there, and every penny helps, despite the enormous prices asked on Amazon.

The plays themselves are less interesting, in my opinion, than the discrepancy in price. Chekhov seems very depressed to me, and I have never enjoyed watching or reading any of his plays. Try the short stories instead.

Robert C. Ross
September 2018