Chekhov's Plays: An Opening into Eternity

Chekhov s Plays An Opening into Eternity The Cherry Orchard The Seagull Uncle Vanya Three Sisters and other plays of Anton Chekhov have been acclaimed by audiences and readers since they first began appearing in the late nineteenth centu

  • Title: Chekhov's Plays: An Opening into Eternity
  • Author: Richard Gilman
  • ISBN: 9780300072563
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and other plays of Anton Chekhov have been acclaimed by audiences and readers since they first began appearing in the late nineteenth century In this eloquent and insightful book, an eminent critic explores the reasons behind the enduring power of Chekhov s works.Richard Gilman examines each of Chekhov s full leThe Cherry Orchard, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and other plays of Anton Chekhov have been acclaimed by audiences and readers since they first began appearing in the late nineteenth century In this eloquent and insightful book, an eminent critic explores the reasons behind the enduring power of Chekhov s works.Richard Gilman examines each of Chekhov s full length plays, showing how they relate to each other, to Chekhov s short stories, and to his life He also places the plays in the context of Russian and European drama and the larger culture of the period Gilman interweaves biographical narrative with textual commentary and with a discussion of stagecraft and dramaturgy Chekhov s techniques for influencing viewers, the scenic framing of the action, and issues of genre and temporal structuring Although previous critics of Chekhov have tended to view him as an essentially social dramatist or as an observer of the smaller aspects of existence, Gilman asserts that Chekhov was far of an innovative playwright, a revolutionary, than has been seen His book the most complete, acute, and elegant study of this master playwright ever written will appeal to all those who care about Chekhov, theater, and the life of the mind.

    One thought on “Chekhov's Plays: An Opening into Eternity”

    1. Although I do not agree with Gilman about some of his points of view, especially those that emphasize Chekhov's "pessimism", I cannot deny it is a great book which sheds light on the drama of Chekhov, and leads me to more study of the literary works of Chekhov.

    2. Oh it makes me want to go back to reading all the plays. The Uncle Vanya essay was particularly insightful. Chekhov, oh Chekhov!

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