Anton Chekhov: A Life

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Northwestern University Press, 2000 - 674 páginas
Dependents and with the tuberculosis that was to kill him at age forty-four. He was one of the greatest playwrights and short-story writers ever born, but he was torn between medicine and literature, as he was between family and friends, between a longing for solitude and a need for company. When he was a child, his family life was at times made a hell by a monstrous father, a possessive sister, and delinquent elder brothers; his own adult life was tortuously balanced between the affections of a series of mistresses and a marriage to an actress that was not as idyllic as it has traditionally been painted. Donald Rayfield's biography strips the whitewash from the image of Chekhov and shows us what lay behind his restrained, ironic facade. The result does not denigrate him but shows him in the full heroism of his brief, prodigiously creative life. Rayfield has spent more than three years combing the Chekhov archives all over Russia (Chekhov was a restless traveler for the whole of his life, going from Siberia to the Cote d'Azur) and has uncovered thousands of documents and letters from Chekhov's lovers, friends, and family, most of them never published before, which cumulatively tell of a life far more entangled and turbulent than we ever previously suspected. The many cuts made in Soviet and foreign editions of Chekhov's and his wife's letters have been restored; what once was hidden is now revealed.
 

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Índice

186079
1
Forefathers
3
Taganrog
9
Shop Church and School
13
The Theatres of Life and Art
23
Disintegration
31
Destitution
42
Brothers Abandoned
51
Sickbay
288
Pavel Svobodin and VIadimir Davydov with Anton and Suvorin January 1889
290
Anton Chekhov January 1890
290
Convicts being fettered on Sakhalin 29 A picnic with Japanese consular officials on Sakhalin October 1890
290
Dachshund Summer
293
Happy Avelan
299
The Women Scatter
305
18946
311

Alone
59
PART II
68
187986
71
Initiation
73
The Wedding Season
79
The Spectator
82
Fragmentation
89
The Death of Mosia
96
Family portrait end 86os 2 1874 family portrait
97
Taganrog in the 1870s 4 Anton on leaving school 15 June 1879
97
A portrait of a medical student perhaps Anton by Kolia Chekhov f 1882
97
Students and professors celebrating Tatianas Day 12 January 1882
97
Anton Chekhov 1883
97
Natalia Golden as Poverty painted by Kolia Chekhov 16 Anton Chekhov painted by Kolia 1884
97
The Moscow house painted by Misha 19 Photograph of Anton given to Tchaikovsky 20 At the Lintvariovs cottage May 1889
98
The Qualif1ed Practitioner
106
Babkino
111
Petersburg Calls
117
Getting Engaged
123
Acclaim
128
The Suvorins
137
Life in a Chest of Drawers
145
Taganrog Revisited
152
Ivanov in Moscow
158
The Death of Anna
163
Travel and Travails
171
The Prize
177
The Petersburg Ivanov
185
A Death at Luka
192
Shaking the Dust
198
Kleopatra Karatygina
200
188992
205
Exorcizing the Demon
207
Arming for the Crusade
215
Crossing Siberia
222
Olga Kundasova
227
Sakhalin
229
The Flight to Europe
238
Summer at Bogimovo
246
The Duel and the Famine
253
18924
263
Sowing and Ploughing
265
Cholera
275
Summoned by Suvorin
281
Abishag cherishes David
313
Potapenko the Bounder
321
The Birth of Christina
327
O Charudatta
334
A Misogynists Spring
341
Incubating The Seagull
349
The Fugitive Returns
354
18967
363
Two Diversions in Petersburg
365
Lika Rediscoverd
370
The Khodynka Spring
374
The Consecration of the School
381
Night on a Bare Mountain
385
Fiasco
390
The Death of Christina
397
Cold Comfort
405
A Little Queen in Exile
411
Cutting the Gordian Knot
418
18978
421
The Doctor is Sick
423
An Idle Summer
428
Promenades
436
Dreaming of Algiers
443
Chekhov Dreyfusard
448
The Birth of a Theatre
456
The Broken Cog
463
Last Season in Melikhovo
488
Uncle Varna Triumphant
496
In the Ravine
503
Olga in Yalta
509
Three Sisters
515
Nice Revisited
521
The Secret Marriage
527
When Doctors Disagree
547
Conjugal Ills
554
Liubimovka
561
The Bride
567
The Cherry Orchard
576
Last Farewells
587
Aftermath
597
Notes
605
Select Bibliography
627
Index
641
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Donald Rayfield (born 1942) is professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary, University of London. He is an author of books about Russian and Georgian literature, and about Joseph Stalin and his secret police. He is also a series editor for books about Russian writers and intelligentsia.

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