Uncle Vanya - Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Uncle Vanya

By Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

  • Release Date: 2014-02-10
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
  • Size: 512.73 KB

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Uncle Vanya is a play by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. It was first published in 1897 and received its Moscow première in 1899 in a production by the Moscow Art Theatre. The play portrays the visit of an elderly professor and his glamorous, much younger second wife, Yeléna, to the rural estate that supports their urban lifestyle. Two friends, Vanya, brother of the Professor's late first wife, who has long managed the estate, and Astrov, the local Doctor, both fall under Yelena's spell while bemoaning the ennui of their provincial existence. Uncle Vanya is widely considered one of Chekhov's most important plays and has been praised as one of Chekhov's most important dramatic works ever since.

[About the Author]
Anton Chekhov (1860 – 1904) was a Russian playwright and master of the modern short story. He was a literary artist of laconic precision who probed below the surface of life, laying bare the secret motives of his characters. Chekhov had at first written stories only for financial gain, but as his artistic ambition grew, he made formal innovations which have influenced the evolution of the modern short story. Chekhov is often referred to as one of the three seminal figures in the birth of early modernism in the theatre.