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Anton Chekhov

(1860–1904), playwright. The great Russian writer of stories and plays did not achieve American recognition until nearly twenty years after his death. The earliest performances ...

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Tom Matheson

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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..., Anton ( 1860–1904 ), Russian playwright and short-story writer . Chekhov repeatedly draws on the play and character of Hamlet: for the hero of Ivanov ( 1887 ); for the failed intellectual of ‘In Moscow’ ( 1891 ) declaring ‘I am a Moscow Hamlet’; and for The Seagull ( 1895 ), with its crucial relationships between a powerful mother, her lover, a sensitive, artistic son, and a victimized heroine—explicitly using Hamlet as a form of reference. Tom...

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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..., Anton ( 1860–1904 ) Russian writer . Best known for his four major plays, The Seagull ( 1896 ), Uncle Vanya ( 1897 ), Three Sisters ( 1901 ), and The Cherry Orchard ( 1904 ), Chekhov also produced other dramatic works and more than 500 short stories. He began his literary career in the 1880s while qualifying as a doctor. The vast apprentice work that is now known as Platonov was completed in 1881 but not published until 1923 and first performed (in German) five years later. This was followed by the one-act plays and *vaudevilles On the...

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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...Allen , Performing Chekhov (1999) Jean-Pierre Barricelli , ed., Chekhov's Great Plays: A Critical Anthology (1981) Walter H. Bruford , Chekhov and his Russia: A Sociological Study (1948, repr. 1971) Toby W. Clyman , ed., A Chekhov Companion (1985) Victor Emeljanov , ed., Chekhov: The Critical Heritage (1981) Vera Gottlieb and P. Allain , eds and trans, The Cambridge Companion to Chekhov (2000) Ronald Hingley , A New Life of Anton Chekhov (1976) David Magarshack , Chekhov: A Life (repr. 1970) Patrick Miles , ed., Chekhov on the British Stage ...

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Cynthia Marsh

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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..., Anton ( 1860–1904 ) Russian playwright and short-story writer. Best known for his four major plays, The Seagull ( 1896 ), Uncle Vanya ( 1897 ), Three Sisters ( 1901 ), and The Cherry Orchard ( 1904 ), Chekhov also produced a corpus of other dramatic works and more than 500 short stories. He began both his literary careers in the 1880s while qualifying as a doctor. The vast apprentice work that is now known as Platonov was completed in 1881 but not published until 1923 and first performed (in German) five years later. This was followed by...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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...0Anton Anton Chekhov 1860 – 1904 Russian dramatist and short-story writer If a lot of cures are suggested for a disease, it means that the disease is incurable. The Cherry Orchard (1904) act 1 The Lord God has given us vast forests, immense fields, wide horizons; surely we ought to be giants, living in such a country as this. The Cherry Orchard (1904) act 2 medvedenko : Why do you wear black all the time? masha : I'm in mourning for my life, I'm unhappy. The Seagull (1896) act 1 Why do you wear black in mourning for my life in mourning for...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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2014
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...(ed.) Anton Chekhov: Letters on the Short Story… (1964) writer must be as objective as objective as a chemist dung -heaps part in a landscape Medicine is my lawful wife and literature is my mistress. When I get tired of one I spend the night with the other. letter to A. S. Suvorin, 11 September 1888, in L. S. Friedland (ed.) Anton Chekhov: Letters on the Short Story… (1964) medicine is my lawful wife Medicine is my lawful wife literature is my mistress literature is my mistress Brevity is the sister of talent. letter to Alexander Chekhov, 11 April...

Chekhov, Anton [Pavlovich]

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., Anton [Pavlovich] ( 1860–1904 ) Russian dramatist and short-story writer Ivanov ( 1887 ) Drama The Seagull ( 1895 ) Drama Uncle Vanya ( 1900 ) Drama Three Sisters ( 1901 ) Drama The Cherry Orchard ( 1904 ) ...

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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..., Anton Pavlovich ( 1860–1904 ) Russian dramatist , who worked closely with Konstantin Stanislavsky at the Moscow Art Theatre . His major plays, The Seagull ( 1896 ), Uncle Vanya ( 1897 ), The Three Sisters ( 1901 ) and The Cherry Orchard ( 1904 ), display a deep understanding of human nature and a fine blend of comedy and tragedy. The main action usually takes place off-stage. Characters often reveal as much by what they leave unsaid as the subtleties of the dialogue...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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..., Anton Pavlovich ( 1860–1904 ), Russian dramatist, the one best known outside Russia. He came of humble parentage, but graduated as a doctor from Moscow University in 1884 , and always thought of himself as more of a doctor than a writer. Well known for his short stories even during his student days, he was early attracted by the theatre, and his first plays were one-act comedies— The Bear ( 1888 ), The Proposal ( 1889 ), The Wedding ( 1890 )—for which he always retained an amused affection. His first full-length plays, Ivanov ( 1887 ) and The...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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... Michael Frayn , Plays ( 1993 ). See also Patrick Miles (ed.), Chekhov on the British Stage (1993) and Donald Rayfield , Anton Chekhov: A Life ...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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..., Anton Pavlovich ( 1860–1904 ) Russian dramatist and short story writer. The earliest examples of his mature stories are ‘The Steppe’ ( 1888 ) and ‘A Boring Story’ ( 1889 ). Other masterpieces followed: ‘Ward Six’ ( 1892 ), ‘My Life’ ( 1896 ), ‘Ionych’, and the trilogy ‘The Man in a Case’, ‘Gooseberries’, and ‘About Love’ (all 1898 ), ‘The Lady with the Little Dog’ ( 1899 ), ‘Darling’ ( 1899 ), and ‘The Bishop’ ( 1902 ). Chekhov's first successful full‐length play was Ivanov ( 1888 ), but his status as a dramatist rests on his four late plays: The...

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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2004
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..., Anton [Pavlovich] ( 1860–1904 ), playwright . The great Russian writer of stories and plays did not achieve American recognition until nearly twenty years after his death. The earliest performances of his works in the United States were generally given in Russian by small groups of émigré artists. Among these performers were Alla Nazimova , who played in The Seagull in New York in 1905 . A few tentative translations were made available to English‐speaking ensembles and allowed such avant‐garde companies as the Washington Square Players to...

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Francis Crick

Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations

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2006
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...Anton Pavlovich Chekhov 1860 – 1904 Russian playwright and physician A writer must be as objective as a chemist: he must abandon the subjective line; he must know that dung-heaps play a very reasonable part in a landscape, and that the evil passions are as inherent in life as good ones. Letter to M. V. Kiselev, 14 January 1887. In L. S. Friedland (ed.), Anton Chekov: Letters on the Short Story (1967) writer must be as objective objective as a chemist evil passions are as inherent If a lot of cures are suggested for a disease, it means that the...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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Chekhov, Anton (Pavlovich)

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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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2005
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Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov  

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(1860–1904), playwright.The great Russian writer of stories and plays did not achieve American recognition until nearly twenty years after his death. The earliest performances of his works in the ...
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

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Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...its characters have entered the realm of myth, and its motifs have been endlessly reworked, in fiction ( Gothic and otherwise), painting , opera , and film no less than in subsequent drama (from Middleton ’s Revenger’s Tragedy through 19th-century burlesque to Chekhov and Stoppard and beyond). It has, indeed, had a profound effect on conceptions of Shakespeare himself, the rumour that Shakespeare originally played the Ghost (recorded by Rowe in 1709 ) shaping many subsequent views of Shakespeare’s relations to his texts and their...

Michael Chekhov

Michael Chekhov  

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(b. St Petersburg, Russia, 29 Aug. 1891; d. Beverly Hills, Calif., 30 Sept. 1955)Actor, director and teacher. Nephew of playwright Anton Chekhov, he joined the Moscow Art Theatre (MAT) ...
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Ludwik Margules  

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(1933– )Mexican director who arrived in Mexico from Poland in 1957 and established himself as a premier director of European and North American dramatists. His 1978 adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle ...

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