Anton Chekhov

Biography by Pericles Lewis In the plays of Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), tragedy and comedy are inextricably intertwined. Although his major plays are suffused with an air of anxiety and pessimism akin to those of Henrik Ibsen, he insisted on calling The Seagull (1895) and The Cherry Orchard (1903) comedies. He gave Uncle Vanya (1896) the… Continue Reading Anton Chekhov


by Kenneth Ligda “I’d rather have written Conrad’s Nostromo than any other novel”—F. Scott Fitzgerald.[1] “The greatest novel in English of this century”—Walter Allen.[2] “[O]ne of the finest of all English historical novels”—Terry Eagleton.[3] “It is, in my view, the masterwork of that ‘puissant rêveur,’ as Gustav[e] Kahn once called Conrad….one of the few mastering… Continue Reading Nostromo