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Memories of Chekhov: Accounts of the Writer from His Family, Friends and Contemporaries Paperback – October 10, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0786458714 ISBN-10: 0786458712

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (October 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786458712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786458714
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,331,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The first documentary biography of Anton Chekhov. All of this material
appears in English translation for the first time." - New York Review of Books.


"A brilliant, engrossing collection of memories. This volume offers a rich, multi-faceted
portrait of one of the world's greatest, and most under-appreciated, author." - Russian Life

This anthology contains over 100 first-hand accounts of Chekhov.
I was especially struck by some of the passages about links between
Chekhov's writing and his gardening." - Spectator


"Tolstoy hated Chekhov's plays and wasn't shy about telling him, according
to an excerpt from Memories of Chekhov." - The New Yorker


"Tolstoy's condemnation of Chekhov's plays as "worse than Shakespeare"
has been thrown back into the spotlight by a new book that draws on memories
of the author from his contemporaries." - The Guardian

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Peter Sekirin has translated two of Tolstoy's works, A Calendar of Wisdom, Divine and Human and Wise Thought For Every Day. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. H. Lees on March 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be like snapshots throughout Chekhov's life...the details and interesting stories make Chekhov more real, not just a great writer, but a whole well rounded man. I enjoyed reading it, and wish more famous authors had books like this about them, that explored their humanity as well as their talents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul E. Richardson VINE VOICE on December 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
A brilliant, engrossing collection of memories from individuals across all strata of Russian life. Arranged in roughly chronological order, with many of the extracts unearthed and translated here for the first time, this compact (albeit expensive) volume offers a rich, multi-faceted portrait of one of the world's greatest, and most under-appreciated, authors (indeed, we learn, only the works of Shakespeare have been more widely adapted for film).

{As reviewed in Russian Life magazine.}
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ChekhovFan on February 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is an unusual book; it's not a biography, but a series of snippets from people who knew Anton Chekhov during his lifetime, telling stories about him. It's a unique opportunity to observe the master storyteller within his own context, as a character rather than as an author. He appears by turns as a youth, a lover, an artist, a family man, and in his later years. You'll get to the people who knew Chekhov and the arts scene in Russia when he was writing. Amazing details!
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