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By Harold Bloom

ISBN-10: 160413576X

ISBN-13: 9781604135763

Chekhov was once the prime Russian author of his new release. This identify, Anton Chekhov, a part of Chelsea condominium Publishers’ sleek serious perspectives sequence, examines the most important works of Anton Chekhov via full-length serious essays through professional literary critics. furthermore, this name contains a brief biography on Anton Chekhov, a chronology of the author’s lifestyles, and an introductory essay written by means of Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale collage.

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29 30 Maggie Christensen muted or even non-existent. Yet in Chekhov’s carefully crafted stories, we see his purposeful use of perspective to deftly direct his readers where he wants us to go. The narrative voice in Chekhov’s stories, although tangible and palpable, is often so smoothly inserted that we may not immediately notice it. Carefully examining Chekhov’s uncluttered narrative style in his short stories can provide students with a clearer understanding of point-of-view and narrative perspective.

Translation of the personal plight into the language of socio-economic peripeteia amounts to his ironically saying: this is the only language you understand, then, please, have it your way. An acute bitterness in regard to his situation in literature and at the same time the intention to counter the sadness of it with a joke, to present his own situation as a comedy of misunderstanding—such is the attitude of Chekhov, the lyrical poet, in his final work. Chekhov’s last joke is paradoxical: it is a private gag, but not quite hermetic—it cries out for the acknowledgment of its eccentricity.

In Friedland 97). He added later: “The more objective the telling, the more powerful the effect produced” (qtd. in Yarmolinsky 210). Chekhov’s stories appear simple and “easy to read,” and students respond well to what they perceive as his “straightforward” writing style, his interesting characters, and his glimpses into everyday life. It might seem quixotic, then, to try to use a Chekhov story to discuss narrative point-of-view in stories in which the narrator’s presence appears Eureka Studies in Teaching Short Fiction, Volume 3, Number 1 (Fall 2002): pp.

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