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Chekhov: A Spirit Set Free Paperback – October 23, 1989
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If the reader is to seek only one reference to aid in penetrating into the world of this gigantic and widely misunderstood writer, I would recommend "Anton Chekhov's Life & Thought: Selected Letters & Commentary", edited by Simon Karlinsky.
He writes with such definiteness when Chekhov on the other hand intimates hesitation and uncertainty and surprise . Pritchett points out that in Chekhov's plays there is too much talk in which speaking goes on without listening. But through this work it is the voice of Pritchett I hear and not that of Chekhov.
We're told that Chekhov often slept in a shed that was filled with a lifetime collection of newspapers his dad stored. What a haven for an inquiring mind. Chekhov also had acquired a passion for travel. Another vital component in the mix of the adventurer.
Communication is two-way. For one to write, one must have some substance. That is obtained through input, and we're told "...like all talented writers, Chekhov was a reading man."
He read travel writers such as Przhevalsky, Humboldt, and George Kennan.
Chekhov was a traveler, a reader, a writer, and a scholar. This is an intriguing look into his rise to prominence. How sad that he focused only on THIS life.