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One of the world's great masters of the short story, Anton Chekhov wrote about everyday life as he saw it - with humor, insight, and honesty. In this lies his genius: He portrayed the Russian people as they really were, not as he wanted them to be. This Signet Classic presents twenty Chekhov stories, including twelve of his early tales which make their first appearance in English in this paperback collection.
     

 
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Anton Chekhov's popularity in the west is without parallel being a foreign writer. Chekov has been absorbed into our culture, and accepted as one of our own. His plays lend themselves easily to the stage, calling for actors with intelligence and common sense rather than a dramatic voice or histrionic skills.

Chekov takes from everyday life themes of frustration which apply to us all - the difficulty of carving out a happy existence, the problems of love, the fading of hope, the universal feeling that time passes and we never quite get things right. This seems pessimistic, and yet Chekhov claimed he was writing comedy. Yet, whether tragic or comic, his writings are works of the first importance.
     

 

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Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All AgesStories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages
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"If readers are to come to Shakespeare and to Chekhov, to Henry James and to Jane Austen, then they are best prepared if they have read Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, Robert Louis Stevenson and Rudyard Kipling," writes Harold Bloom in his introduction to this enchanting and much-needed anthology of exceptional stories and poems selected to inspire a lifelong love of reading. As television and the Internet threaten to distract young people from the pleasures of reading, Bloom presents a volume that will amuse, challenge, and beguile readers with its myriad voices and subjects. Here are old favorites by beloved writers of children's literature, as well as exciting rediscoveries and wonderful works penned by writers better known for their adult classics, such as Herman Melville, Leo Tolstoy, Edith Wharton, and Walt Whitman. Encompassing the natural world and the supernatural; childhood, romance, and death; pets, wild animals, and goblins; mystery, adventure, and humor; the selections reflect the passion and erudition of our most revered literary critic. Arranged by season, Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages is a must-have anthology, sure to delight readers young and old for years to come.
     

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