Anton Chekhov is a unique force in modern drama, his works cherished for their brilliant wit and insight into the human condition. In these stunning new translations of three of Chekhov's most popular and beloved plays, Laurence Senelick presents a fresh perspective on the master playwright and his groundbreaking dramas. He brings these timeless trials of art and love to life as memorable characters have clashing desires and lose balance in the shifting eruptions of society and a modernising Russia. Supplementing the plays are an account of Chekhov's life; a note on the translation; introductions to each work; and variant lines, often removed due to government censorship, which illuminate the context in which they were written. These editions are the perfect guides to enriching our understanding of this great dramatist or to staging a production.
Senelick . . . has done his job as scholar and translator nearly to perfection.
Laurence Senelick is the Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University and the author of the award- winning books The Chekhov Theater and The Changing Room.