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Chekhov: The Hidden Ground: A Biography #2020

Chekhov The Hidden Ground A Biography Examining Chekhov s life within the context of his art Mr Callow finds him astonishingly modern the new kind of man uncomfortable in the world and refusing to sentimentalize his unease But the love

  • Title: Chekhov: The Hidden Ground: A Biography
  • Author: Philip Callow
  • ISBN: 9780094767409
  • Page: 474
  • Format: None
  • Chekhov: The Hidden Ground: A Biography By Philip Callow, Examining Chekhov s life within the context of his art, Mr Callow finds him astonishingly modern the new kind of man, uncomfortable in the world and refusing to sentimentalize his unease But the love theme that is central to his biography and his art, which Mr Callow explores with a novelist s skills and sensitivities, has been somehow slighted by Chekhov scholars ItExamining Chekhov s life within the context of his art, Mr Callow finds him astonishingly modern the new kind of man, uncomfortable in the world and refusing to sentimentalize his unease But the love theme that is central to his biography and his art, which Mr Callow explores with a novelist s skills and sensitivities, has been somehow slighted by Chekhov scholars It is the hidden ground from which his work sprang and on which his divided life stood We must constantly remind ourselves that Chekhov was for years a doctor first and a writer second, seeing writing as a frivolous, irrelevant activity He exhausted himself with this double life and was soon in bad health Mr Callow s portrait reveals a puzzlingly elusive man who constantly surprises us a modest genius who finds the whole nature of fame unseemly a man furious at injustice who is apolitical a humorist in despair before the mediocrity, stupidity, and cruelty of the world a generous spirit unable to stop working to improve the lot of others, incapable of turning anyone away, who remains stubbornly apart and hidden.

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    1. I don t often actively pursue biographical information about the authors I read It s enough that I enjoy their stories, and enrich my life with their words But there are exceptions.Anton Chekhov is one of them I came to his writing relatively late in my life post grad school but he immediately captivated me, and it s fascinating to discover how alike we are though it certainly explains why I like him I don t want to sound too arrogant I m not saying that my life mirror s Chekhov s God forbid or [...]

    2. Anton Chekhov 1860 1904 is known for his short stories and plays I have not usuallly been a fan of short stories, except possibly in the science fiction and horror genres, so I did not come across Chekhov s works until about ten years ago Father Athanasius Akunda had just arrived in South Africa as a young deacon to help with mission work in the Orthodox Church There were many people who wanted to become Orthodox, and some who might have potential to study at a seminary, but few who actually had [...]

    3. Dear Chekhov, also featuring in Lecture 3 of the Art in Imperial Russia lectures at the Art Gallery of NSWwhat a feast And he and Tchaikovsky actually met.

    4. A wonderful biography, rich with details and quotes Gives a great sense of Chekhov the person and the artist.

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