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Guide to further reading

Chekhov's life and cultural context
Bartlett, Rosamund, ed., Anton Chekhov: A Life in Letters, trans. Bartlett, Rosamund and Phillips, Anthony. London: Penguin, 2004. The most recent English-language collection of Chekhov's letters, including many that had previously been censored or unavailable.
Clyman, Toby W., ed., A Chekhov Companion. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985. A valuable collection of essays on Chekhov's context, life and works.
Emerson, Caryl, The Cambridge Introduction to Russian Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. A guide to the literary world in which Chekhov wrote.
Figes, Orlando, Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia. New York: Picador, 2002. Provides a broad picture of Russian culture and the complex transformations of Russian's national identity.
Hingley, Ronald, trans. and ed., The Oxford Chekhov. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1964. The comprehensive English-language edition of Chekhov's oeuvre.
Malcolm, Janet, Reading Chekhov: A Critical Journey. New York: Random House, 2002. An accessible and provocative meditation on Chekhov's life and works.
Rayfield, Donald, Anton Chekhov: A Life. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1997. An important biography incorporating materials unavailable during the Soviet era.
Chekhov's short stories
Garnett, Constance, trans., The Tales of Chekhov (13 vols., 1915–1922). New York: Ecco, 2006. Landmark translations that introduced Chekhov's fiction to the English-speaking world.
Pevear, Richard, and Volokhonsky, Larissa, trans., Anton Chekhov: Stories. New York: Bantam, 2000. Versions of thirty important stories by the leading translators of Russian literature into English.
Pevear, Richard, and Volokhonsky, Larissa, trans., Anton Chekhov: The Complete Short Novels. London: Everyman, 2004. The five longest prose works of Chekhov's mature career, from “The Steppe” to “My Life.”
Chudakov, A. P., Chekhov's Poetics (1971), trans. Jannie Cruise, Edwina and Dragt, Donald. Ann Arbor: Ardis, 1983. Analysis of narrative voice in Chekhov by a major Soviet critic.
Eekman, Thomas A., ed., Critical Essays on Anton Chekhov. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1989. A collection of essays, mostly on the prose, including works by Shestov, Derman, and Nabokov.
Finke, Michael, Seeing Chekhov: Life and Art. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005. Penetrating psychological/biographical reading of Chekhov, focusing on the ideas of seeing and being seen.
Jackson, Robert Louis, Reading Chekhov's Text: Studies in Russian Literature and Theory. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1993. Collection of essays by major Chekhov scholars, mainly focusing on individual stories.
Kataev, Vladimir, If Only We Could Know!, trans. and ed. Pitcher, Harvey. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2002. Selection of criticism by an important Russian scholar, from both before and after the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Rayfield, Donald, Understanding Chekhov. London: Bristol Classical Press, 1988. Revealing study encompassing the prose, drama, and life of Chekhov.
Chekhov's plays
Senelick, Laurence, trans., Anton Chekhov: The Complete Plays. New York: Norton, 2006. The fullest translation of Chekhov's dramatic work, including the dramatic sketches and vaudevilles.
Brustein, Robert, The Theatre of Revolt (1964). Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 1991. Powerful, readable study of Chekhov in relation to other innovators of modern drama.
Gilman, Richard, Chekhov's Plays: An Opening into Eternity. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995. Insightful discussions of the major plays.
Gottlieb, Vera, Chekhov and the Vaudeville. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982. Definitive analysis of the short plays.
Gottlieb, Vera, and Allain, Paul, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Chekhov. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Contains essays on Chekhov's drama by scholars, directors, and actors.
Magarshack, David, Chekhov the Dramatist. New York: Hill and Wang, 1960. Pioneering study of Chekhov as a playwright of “indirect action.”
Senelick, Laurence, The Chekhov Theatre: A Century of the Plays in Performance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997. Magisterial survey of Chekhov performance history.
Senelick, Laurence, trans. and ed., Anton Chekhov's Selected Plays. New York: Norton, 2005. Incorporates Chekhov's letters relating to the theatre as well as a good collection of critical essays.
Styan, J. L., Chekhov in Performance: A Commentary on the Major Plays. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1971. A sensitive act-by-act reading of the plays as performance texts.