How to Write Like Chekhov

How to Write Like Chekhov

Advice and Inspiration, Straight From His Own Letters and Work

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Letters to his publisher and family along with segments from his plays and stories offer an intimate look at the philosophy, values, and beliefs of this famed writer, his personal inspirations, and writing style.

Perseus Publishing
Conciseness is the sister of talent”-and other essential, illuminating observations and advice from Anton Chekhov, one of the most deeply revered writers of all time

Maxim Gorky said that no one understood “the tragedy of life's trivialities” as clearly as Anton Chekhov, widely considered the father of the modern short story and the modern play. Chekhov's singular ability to speak volumes with a single, impeccably chosen word, mesh comedy and pathos, and capture life's basic sadness as he entertains us, are why so many aspire to emulate him. How to Write Like Chekhov meticulously cherry-picks from Chekhov's plays, stories, and letters to his publisher, brother, and friends, offering suggestions and observations on subjects including plot and characters (and their names), descriptions and dialogue, and what to emphasize and avoid. This is a uniquely clear roadmap to Chekhov's intelligence and artistic expertise and an essential addition to the writing-guide shelf.


Book News
This resource for writers presents excerpts from letters written by Anton Chekov between 1886 and 1902 to provide advice and inspiration on writing. Chekov discusses plot, characters, descriptions, dialogue, what to emphasize and avoid, the concept of truth, emotions, general questions about what and how to write, observing, and being objective, among other topics. Brunello (social history, the U. of Venice, Italy) and Lencek (Russian and humanities, Reed College) then connect the advice to examples in his nonfiction travel memoir, The Island of Sakhalin. There is no index. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher Group West
Russian writer Maxim Gorky said of Anton Chekhov that no one has ever understood "the tragedy of life's trivialities" as clearly as Chekhov. Chekhov's singular ability to mesh comedy and pathos, to capture life's basic sadness — and yet to do this while entertaining audiences — this is why so many wish to write like him. Now How to Write Like Chekhov, by drawing extensively from Chekhov's own letters to his publisher, his brother, and his friends, pulls back the curtain on Chekhov's technique and ideas to show just how one can go about doing this.
"Conciseness is the sister of talent," Chekhov famously said. This and hundreds of other punctual, precise, illuminating observations and suggestions are organized into thematic chapters that cover such subjects as plots and characters (and their names), descriptions and dialogues, what to focus on, and what to avoid. Chekhov's advice hews to his central preoccupation: the search for truth in art.


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Letters to his publisher and family along with segments from his plays and stories offer an intimate look at the philosophy, values, and beliefs of this famed writer, his personal inspirations, and writing style. Original.

Publisher: [Cambridge, Mass.] : Da Capo Lifelong, 2008
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition
ISBN: 9781569242599
1569242593
Branch Call Number: 891.72x CHEKH CHEKH
Characteristics: xl, 210 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Lenček, Lena
Brunello, Piero 1948-

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