Chekhov by Philip Callow
The Hidden Ground

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The life of Russia's greatest dramatist and storyteller examined within the context of the evolution of his art. A fine biography...a very well-written, intelligent account of Chekhov's remarkable literary career and of his private actions. —Atlantic Monthly
 

About Philip Callow

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Philip Callow is the distinguished and highly praised writer of fourteen novels, as well as books of poetry.
 
Published August 15, 2001 by Ivan R. Dee. 452 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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As suggested by the biography's subtitle, Callow's loosely defined central interest in Chekhov is the ""hidden,"" or emotional, life of the author and the recurrent themes of romantic disillusionment and the search for intimacy that appear in Chekhov's plays and short stories.

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Callow, a novelist and author of biographies on D.H. Lawrence, Cezanne, Walt Whitman and Van Gogh, has not been as thorough as Donald Rayfield in his recent biography of the great Russian playwright a

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While Callow does a good job of contextualizing Chekhov as a private figure, he is not so successful in giving him a social context: more, for example, on the Russian stage, on its penal system and on the roiling political atmosphere that spawned Chekhov, Tolstoy and Gorky would have shed great l...

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