Short Stories by Anton Chekhov Bk.1 (DRM Free eBook)
Short Stories by Anton Chekhov Bk.1: A Tragic Actor and Other Stories
This is an EPUB edition, DRM free ebook which will work on any device and with all conventional ePub eBook readers. This eBook includes some of Chekhov’s best work including A Tragic Actor, In A Strange Land, Oh! The Public, The Looking Glass, Her Husband, Overdoing It.
About The Author
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Антон Павлович Чехов) 1860 – 1904 was a Russian short story writer, playwright and physician, considered to be one of the greatest short story writers in the history of world literature. His career as a dramatist produced all-time classics The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and Cherry Orchard. His short stories are held in high esteem by writers, critics and audiences of all generations. “Reading Chekhov was just like the angels singing to me.” — Eudora Welty, 1977. Chekhov practised as a doctor throughout most of his literary career: “Medicine is my lawful wife,” he once said, “and literature is my mistress.”
Chekhov had at first written stories only for the money, but as his artistic ambition grew, he made formal innovations which have influenced the evolution of the modern short story. His originality consists in an early use of the “stream of consciousness” technique, later adopted by other modernists, combined with a disavowal of the moral finality of traditional story structure.
What the Critics Say About Anton Chekhov
His meticulous anatomies of complicated human impulse and response, his view of what’s funny and poignant, his clear-eyed observance of life as lived — all somehow matches our experience.
– Richard Ford
Anton Chekhov’s late stories mark a pivotal moment in European fiction — the point where nineteenth-century realist conventions of the short story begin their transformation into the modern form. His psychological insight was profound and dynamic. Joyce may have more exactly captured the texture of human consciousness, but no short story writer has better expressed its often invisible complexities.
– Dana Gioia
Chekhov raised the portrayal of banality to the level of world literature. He developed the short story as a form of literary art to one of its highest peaks, and the translation of his stories into English has constituted one of the greatest single literary influences at work in the short story of America, England, and Ireland. This influence has been one of the factors encouraging the short-story writers of these nations to revolt against the conventional plot story and seek in simple and realistic terms to make of the story a form that more seriously reflects life.
– James T Farrell