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Anton Chekhov: A Life Donald Rayfield

Anton Chekhov: A Life

Donald Rayfield

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ISBN : 9780002555036
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A noted scholar of the art of Anton Chekhov now turns to his life (1860-1904), with equally revelatory results. Rayfields densely documented account avoids general statements in favor of quiet accumulation of detail that gradually creates aMoreA noted scholar of the art of Anton Chekhov now turns to his life (1860-1904), with equally revelatory results. Rayfields densely documented account avoids general statements in favor of quiet accumulation of detail that gradually creates a multifaceted impression of Chekhovs contradictions. Witty, charming, and an ardent lover of women, Russias greatest dramatist was also coolly detached, capable of capriciousness and considerable cruelty. In Anton Chekhov, Rayfield does not attempt to tidy up a messily complex psyche or to downplay the faults that were as intrinsic to Chekhovs genius as were his merits.