A Life in Letters

Anton Chekhov - Author

Anthony Phillips - Translator

Rosamund Bartlett - Editor

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ISBN 9780140449228 | 224 pages | 28 Sep 2004 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Including new material from the Russian archives—the first uncensored edition of Chekhov's letters to be published in any language

From his teenage years in provincial Russia to his premature death in 1904, Anton Chekhov wrote thousands of letters to a wide range of correspondents. This fascinating new selection tells Chekhov's story as a man and a writer through affectionate bulletins to his family, insightful discussions of literature with publishers and theater directors, and tender love letters to his actress wife. Vividly evoking landscapes, people, and his daily life, the letters offer revealing glimpses into Chekhov's preoccupations-the onset of tuberculosis, his dual careers as doctor and writer, and his ambivalence about his growing reputation as Russia's foremost playwright and author. This volume takes us inside the mind of one of the world's greatest writers, and the character that emerges from these pages is resilient, generous, charming, and life enhancing.