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Tolstoy and Chekhov - Logan Speirs

Tolstoy and Chekhov

Paperback Published: 21st July 2011
ISBN: 9780521155557
Number Of Pages: 248

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A study of the great literary relationship between two great Russian authors. When Chekhov began to write, Tolstoy was acknowledged the master. Each admired the other's work, and part of Mr Speirs' argument is that Tolstoy's example helped Chekhov to see what he wanted to do and how to do it. The author feels that both have an unequalled insight into the life of modern man, the one speaking for a generation when the old order was just breaking up, and the other for one in which the new order was being established. The book begins with a large section on Tolstoy, who devised literary forms adequate to his insights; as Chekhov put it, this enabled him 'to state the problem correctly'. The study of Chekhov which follows builds on these perceptions about theme and method, showing the links and contrasts between the two authors.

Tolstoy and Chekhov
Family Happiness: a prelude
Introduction to a study of War and Peace
The pattern of War and Peace
Tolstoy's thinking in War and Peace
The structuring of Anna Karenina
Tolstoy's morality in Anna Karenina and in A Confession
Resurrection and Hadji Murad
Chekhov: The Stories:
The Party: a prelude
Chekhov and the later Tolstoy. Studies in death
Chekhov's 'ideas'
Chekhov as a social realist - Peasants and In the Ravine
Chekhov as novelist - Three Years
Chekhov: The Plays:
Chekhov's apprenticeship as a playwright (Uncle Vanya and The Seagull)
Three Sisters - 'laughter shining through tears'
'I shall call the play a comedy' - The Cherry Orchard
A Note on Tolstoy and D. H. Lawrence:
Lawrence's debt to Tolstoy in The Rainbow
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ISBN: 9780521155557
ISBN-10: 052115555X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 21st July 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.32