Ward No 6 And Other Stories 1892 1895 Collects Stories Which Show Anton Chekhov Beginning To Confront Complex, Ambiguous And Often Extreme Emotions In His Short Fiction This Penguin Classics Edition Is Translated With Notes By Ronald Wilks, And An Introduction By J Douglas Clayton These Stories From The Middle Period Of Chekhov S Career Include Influenced By His Own Experiences As A Doctor Ward No 6 , A Savage Indictment Of The Medical Profession Set In A Mental Hospital The Black Monk , Portraying An Academic Who Has Strange Hallucinations, Explores Ideas Of Genius And Insanity Murder , In Which Religious Fervour Leads To Violence While In The Student , Chekhov S Favourite Story, A Young Man Recounts A Tale From The Gospels And Undergoes A Spiritual Epiphany In All The Stories Collected Here, Chekhov S Characters Face Madness, Alienation And Frustration Before They Experience Brief, Ephemeral Moments Of Insight, Often Earned At Great Cost, Where They Confront The Reality Of Their Existence This Is The Second In Three Chronological Volumes Of Chekhov S Short Stories In Penguin Classics.Ronald Wilks S Lucid Translation Is Accompanied By An Introduction Discussing The Increasingly Experimental Style Of Chekhov S Writing During This Time This Edition Also Contains An Annotated Bibliography, Chronology And Explanatory Notes Anton Chekhov 1860 1904 Was Born In Taganrog, A Port On The Sea Of Azov In 1879 He Travelled To Moscow, Where He Entered The Medical Faculty Of The University, Graduating In 1884 During His University Years, He Supported His Family By Contributing Humorous Stories And Sketches To Magazines He Published His First Volume Of Stories, Motley Tales , In 1886, And A Year Later His Second Volume In The Twilight , For Which He Received The Pushkin Prize Today His Plays, Including Uncle Vanya , The Seagull , And The Cherry Orchard Are Recognised As Masterpieces The World Over If You Enjoyed Ward No 6 , You Might Like Nikolai Gogol S The Diary Of A Madman, The Government Inspector And Selected Stories , Also Available In Penguin Classics.
was born in the small seaport of Taganrog, southern Russia, the son of a grocer Chekhov s grandfather was a serf, who had bought his own freedom and that of his three sons in 1841 He also taught himself to read and write Yevgenia Morozova, Chekhov s mother, was the daughter of a cloth merchant When I think back on my childhood, Chekhov recalled, it all seems quite gloomy to me His early years were shadowed by his father s tyranny, religious fanaticism, and long nights in the store, which was open from five in the morning till midnight He attended a school for Greek boys in Taganrog 1867 68 and Taganrog grammar school 1868 79 The family was forced to move to Moscow following his father s bankruptcy At the age of 16, Chekhov became independent and remained for some time alone in his native town, supporting himself through private tutoring.In 1879 Chekhov entered the Moscow University Medical School While in the school, he began to publish hundreds of comic short stories to support himself and his mother, sisters and brothers His publisher at this period was Nicholas Leikin, owner of the St Petersburg journal Oskolki splinters His subjects were silly social situations, marital problems, farcical encounters between husbands, wives, mistresses, and lovers, whims of young women, of whom Chekhov had not much knowledge the author was was shy with women even after his marriage His works appeared in St Petersburg daily papers, Peterburskaia gazeta from 1885, and Novoe vremia from 1886.Chekhov s first novel, Nenunzhaya pobeda 1882 , set in Hungary, parodied the novels of the popular Hungarian writer M r J kai As a politician J kai was also mocked for his ideological optimism By 1886 Chekhov had gained a wide fame as a writer His second full length novel, The Shooting Party, was translated into English in 1926 Agatha Christie used its characters and atmosphere in her mystery novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 1926.Chekhov graduated in 1884, and practiced medicine until 1892 In 1886 Chekhov met H.S Suvorin, who invited him to become a regular contributor for the St Petersburg daily Novoe vremya His friendship with Suvorin ended in 1898 because of his objections to the anti Dreyfus campaingn conducted by paper But during these years Chechov developed his concept of the dispassionate, non judgemental author He outlined his program in a letter to his brother Aleksandr 1 Absence of lengthy verbiage of political social economic nature 2 total objectivity 3 truthful descriptions of persons and objects 4 extreme brevity 5 audacity and originality flee the stereotype 6 compassion Chekhov s first book of stories 1886 was a success, and gradually he became a full time writer The author s refusal to join the ranks of social critics arose the wrath of liberal and radical intellitentsia and he was criticized for dealing with serious social and moral questions, but avoiding giving answers However, he was defended by such leading writers as Leo Tolstoy and Nikolai Leskov I m not a liberal, or a conservative, or a gradualist, or a monk, or an indifferentist I should like to be a free artist and that s all Chekhov said in 1888.The failure of his play The Wood Demon 1889 and problems with his novel made Chekhov to withdraw from literature for a period In 1890 he travelled across Siberia to remote prison island, Sakhalin There he conducted a detailed census of some 10,000 convicts and settlers condemned to live their lives on that harsh island Chekhov hoped to use the results of his research for his doctoral dissertation It is probable that hard conditions on the island also weakened his own physical condition From this journey was born his famous travel book T
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