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Plays of Anton Chekhov

Plays of Anton Chekhov - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0060928759

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ISBN13: 978-0060928759
ISBN10: 0060928751
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Edition: 97
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: Perennial Library
Published: 1997
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Plays of Anton Chekhov - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0060928759

Anton Chekhov and Paul Schmidt

ISBN13: 978-0060928759
ISBN10: 0060928751
Cover type:
Edition: 97
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: Perennial Library
Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

These critically hailed translations of The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters and the other Chekhov plays are the only ones in English by a Russian-language scholar who is also a veteran Chekhovian actor.

Without compromising the spirit of the text, Paul Schmidt accurately translates Chekhov's entire theatrical canon, rescuing the humor "lost" in most academic translations while respecting the historical context and original social climate.

Schmidt's translations of Chekhov have been successfully staged all over the U.S. by such theatrical directors as Lee Strasberg, Elizabeth Swados, Peter Sellars and Robert Wilson. Critics have hailed these translations as making Chekhov fully accessible to American audiences. They are also accurate -- Schmidt has been described as "the gold standard in Russian-English translation" by Michael Holquist of the Russian department at Yale University.


"Both an actor and a Russian scholar, Schmidt sets out to give us a Chekhov who makes sense...The result is a surprisingly lively Chekhov, colloguial and clear, which will come as a revelation to those who know the playwright through the widely read but rather stiff British translations....Schmidt's Chekhov should be the first choice for any American reader."

--Atlantic Monthly

Author Bio

Schmidt, Paul : University of Texas at Austin

Paul Schmidt , a translator, playwright, and actor, has been involved in the theater for years as a writer, scholar, and performer. He taught for several years at the University of Texas at Austin and is the translator of Arthur Rimbaud: Complete Works and The Collected Works of Velimir Khlebnikov and the editor of Meyerhold at Work. He is also the author of two poetry: Night Lifeand Winter Solstice

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