The precursor to Uncle Vanya seems unpolished and cumbersome And it is there are too many characters and the ending is forced There are some great turns of phrase here however, and it is interesting to see the sketches of a masterwork. With This New Translation By Nicholas Saunders And Frank Dwyer, It Is Possible To See That Chekhov S The Wood Demon Is A Young Man S Play, Bursting With Vitality And Energy The People, Including Five Comic Characters Abandoned Or Greatly Diminished In The Later Play, Uncle Vanya, For Which Chekhov Borrowed His Own Characters And Material, Do Not Allow Themselves To Be Daunted This Translation Of The Wood Demon Was Produced By The Mark Taper Forum As A Classics Lab Workshop Production In Algunos personajes deber an haberse omitido por completo, es evidente que Ch jov no pose a a n dominio estructural del hecho esc nico Si bien dista de ser perfecta, es interesante leer esta obra como un pre T o Vania La trama es atrapante y la combinaci n de comedia y melodrama es jocosa e ir nica Dif cil de llevar a las tablas, bastante torpe, divertida y con pasajes bell simos. Interesting to read Uncle Vanya in an earlier form, but you can definitely see how Chekhov was able to improve the play from its original form. human nature and environment This play was fantastic Theknowledgeable critics and Chekhov himself regard this early work of Chekhov s as very flawed and I have no doubt they are right but I give it five stars nonetheless because it is so brimming with energy, subtle dialogue, humor and humanistic insight This play was later remade into Uncle Vanya which I hear is a masterpiece. Interesting early version of Uncle Vanya The plays seem very similar at first, especially act 2 is almost exactly the same however, at the end of act 3, the story takes a completely different twist and act 4 is only vaguely reminiscent of Vanya The ending is very different instead of Sonya s unforgettable monologue, this ends with a stupid romantic comedy scene Wood demon is actually supposed to be a comedy, but its serious tones make it quite unbalanced Chekhov later wrote marvellous serious comedy in Cherry Orchard at this point, he was just learning the trick.You can often see a great author developing here, but comparing this with Uncle Vanya shows the difference between a pretty good play and a masterpiece The wood demon has needless characters and subplots Uncle Vanya had less characters, the plot was thickened and the dialogue was much sharper It was a muchserious play And most importantly, it had a MUCH better ending However, many things that made Uncle Vanya such a great play can be found here, too.Wood demon is worth reading you don t often get a chance to read early versions of literary masterpieces, and it s interesting to see how a promising play develops into an unforgettable one However, ONLY read this if you have read, or are planning to read Uncle Vanya Most people probably have read Vanya before reading this I guess it would also be interesting to do it the other way around.
was born in the small seaport of Taganrog, southern Russia, the son of a grocer Chekhov s grandfather was a serf, who had bought his own freedom and that of his three sons in 1841 He also taught himself to read and write Yevgenia Morozova, Chekhov s mother, was the daughter of a cloth merchant When I think back on my childhood, Chekhov recalled, it all seems quite gloomy to me His early years were shadowed by his father s tyranny, religious fanaticism, and long nights in the store, which was open from five in the morning till midnight He attended a school for Greek boys in Taganrog 1867 68 and Taganrog grammar school 1868 79 The family was forced to move to Moscow following his father s bankruptcy At the age of 16, Chekhov became independent and remained for some time alone in his native town, supporting himself through private tutoring.In 1879 Chekhov entered the Moscow University Medical School While in the school, he began to publish hundreds of comic short stories to support himself and his mother, sisters and brothers His publisher at this period was Nicholas Leikin, owner of the St Petersburg journal Oskolki splinters His subjects were silly social situations, marital problems, farcical encounters between husbands, wives, mistresses, and lovers, whims of young women, of whom Chekhov had not much knowledge the author was was shy with women even after his marriage His works appeared in St Petersburg daily papers, Peterburskaia gazeta from 1885, and Novoe vremia from 1886.Chekhov s first novel, Nenunzhaya pobeda 1882 , set in Hungary, parodied the novels of the popular Hungarian writer M r J kai As a politician J kai was also mocked for his ideological optimism By 1886 Chekhov had gained a wide fame as a writer His second full length novel, The Shooting Party, was translated into English in 1926 Agatha Christie used its characters and atmosphere in her mystery novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 1926.Chekhov graduated in 1884, and practiced medicine until 1892 In 1886 Chekhov met H.S Suvorin, who invited him to become a regular contributor for the St Petersburg daily Novoe vremya His friendship with Suvorin ended in 1898 because of his objections to the anti Dreyfus campaingn conducted by paper But during these years Chechov developed his concept of the dispassionate, non judgemental author He outlined his program in a letter to his brother Aleksandr 1 Absence of lengthy verbiage of political social economic nature 2 total objectivity 3 truthful descriptions of persons and objects 4 extreme brevity 5 audacity and originality flee the stereotype 6 compassion Chekhov s first book of stories 1886 was a success, and gradually he became a full time writer The author s refusal to join the ranks of social critics arose the wrath of liberal and radical intellitentsia and he was criticized for dealing with serious social and moral questions, but avoiding giving answers However, he was defended by such leading writers as Leo Tolstoy and Nikolai Leskov I m not a liberal, or a conservative, or a gradualist, or a monk, or an indifferentist I should like to be a free artist and that s all Chekhov said in 1888.The failure of his play The Wood Demon 1889 and problems with his novel made Chekhov to withdraw from literature for a period In 1890 he travelled across Siberia to remote prison island, Sakhalin There he conducted a detailed census of some 10,000 convicts and settlers condemned to live their lives on that harsh island Chekhov hoped to use the results of his research for his doctoral dissertation It is probable that hard conditions on the island also weakened his own physical condition From this journey was born his famous travel book T
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