Chekhov: The Major Plays: Ivanov, The Sea Gull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard. A new translation by Ann Dunnigan with a foreword by Robert Brustein. A Signet Classic with 1964 copyright. This is from the 26th printing of unknown date. The ISBN is 0451522702. It measures 6-7/8″ x 4-1/8″ and has 380 pages. Once used by stage and TV actress Kristen Bush. She wrote her name inside the front cover and there are some notes in pencil on some pages of The Sea Gull.
From the Book Back
“Let the things that happen on stage be just as complex and yet just as simple as they are in life. For instance, people are having a meal, just having a meal, but at the same time their happiness is being created, or their lives are being smashed up.” Thus Chekhov summed up the credo that finds expression in the subtle construction and electrically charged atmosphere of his plays. In these portrayals of human beings trapped in a stultifying environment, victimized as much by their own weakness as by the greed of others, the most casual words and everyday actions assume the import of acts of destiny. Tragedy is mingled with farce, protest wars with resignation, in a world that yields from its darkest despair a singular moral affirmation—an affirmation that stands as the final mark and measure of Chekhov’s art. As Rohert Brustein declares: “…in the modern theater…there are none who bring the drama to a higher realization of its human role.”
Enlarge scan for better view. The cover has lighter handling/storage and spine has a reading crease about center (binding not broken). The pages are in very good condition, toning naturally from age, with name and notes as mentioned above. Stored in and shipped from clean, smoke-free home.
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