How to Write Like Chekhov

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  • Copyright: 2008-11-11
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
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Maxim Gorky said that no one understood "the tragedy of life's trivialities" as clearly as Anton Chekhov, widely considered the father of the modern short story and the modern play. Chekhov's singular ability to speak volumes with a single, impeccably chosen word, mesh comedy and pathos, and capture life's basic sadness as he entertains us, are why so many aspire to emulate him.How to Write Like Chekhovmeticulously cherry-picks from Chekhov's plays, stories, and letters to his publisher, brother, and friends, offering suggestions and observations on subjects including plot and characters (and their names), descriptions and dialogue, and what to emphasize and avoid. This is a uniquely clear roadmap to Chekhov's intelligence and artistic expertise and an essential addition to the writing-guide shelf.

Author Biography

Piero Brunello is a professor at the University of Venice. Lena Lencek is a professor at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

Table of Contents

Theory No Plot, No Endingp. 1
General Questions
Why Write?p. 3
For Whom Should One Write?p. 6
What to Write, How to Writep. 10
When and How Much to Writep. 17
Specific Questions
Truthp. 21
Descriptionsp. 27
Charactersp. 33
Emotionsp. 40
What to Avoidp. 43
The Company of Writersp. 47
Demonstration Good Shoes and a Notebookp. 55
The Projectp. 57
The Report
Prerequisitesp. 65
Travelp. 69
Observep. 89
Collect Factsp. 99
The Actual Writing
vercoming Initial Difficultiesp. 115
Give the Book a Shapep. 116
Being Objectivep. 119
Being Truthfulp. 130
Writing Advicep. 133
Last Thingsp. 152
Who's Who in Chekhov's Correspondencep. 157
Afterwordp. 169
For Further Readingp. 183
Notep. 187
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