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Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of the great Russian writer Anton Chekhov.

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of Anton Chekhov. Born in 1860, Chekhov trained as a doctor and for most of his adult life divided his time between medicine and writing. Best known for plays including The Cherry Orchard and Three Sisters, he is also celebrated today as one of the greatest of short story writers. His works are often powerful character studies and chronicle the changing nature of Russian society in the late nineteenth century.


Catriona Kelly
Professor of Russian at the University of Oxford

Cynthia Marsh
Emeritus Professor of Russian Drama and Literature at the University of Nottingham

Rosamund Bartlett
Founding Director of the Anton Chekhov Foundation and former Reader in Russian at the University of Durham.

Producer: Thomas Morris.

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Thu 14 Mar 2013 21:30


Professor Catriona Kelly at the University of Oxford


Professor Cynthia Marsh at the University of Nottingham


Dr Rosamund Bartlett


An Introduction to Anton Chekhov - National Theatre


Anton Chekhov Foundation


Anton Chekhov - Wikipedia





Rosamund Bartlett, Chekhov: Scenes from a Life (Free Press, 2005)


Anton Chekhov (trans. Rosamund Bartlett and Anthony Phillips), A Life in Letters (Penguin Classics, 2004)


Anton Chekhov (trans. Rosamund Bartlett), About Love and Other Stories (Oxford World's Classics, 2008)


Anton Chekhov (trans. Peter Carson), Plays (Penguin Classics, 2002)


Anton Chekhov (trans. Michael Frayn), Chekhov Plays (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 1988)


Michael Henry Heim, Chekhov: The Essential Plays (The Modern Library, 2003)


Ronald Hingley, A New Life of Chekhov (Oxford University Press, 1976)


Vladimir Kataev (trans. Harvey Pitcher), If Only We Could Know!: An Interpretation of Chekhov  (Ivan R Dee, 2003)


J. Loehlin, The Cambridge Introduction to Chekhov (Cambridge University Press, 2010)


Janet Malcolm, Reading Chekhov: A Critical Journey (Granta, 2004)


Patrick Miles, Brief Lives: Anton Chekhov (Hesperus Press, 2008)


H. Pitcher, Responding to Chekhov: The Journey of a Lifetime (Swallow House Books, 2010)


Donald Rayfield, Anton Chekhov: A Life (North Western University Press, 2000)


Laurence Senelick, The Chekhov Theatre: A Century of Plays in Performance (Cambridge University Press, 1997)


Nick Worrall, File on Chekhov (Methuen, 1986)



  • Thu 14 Mar 2013 09:00
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