Anton Chekhov | Critical Essay by V. S. Pritchett

This literature criticism consists of approximately 7 pages of analysis & critique of Anton Chekhov.
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SOURCE: Chekhov: A Spirit Set Free, Hodder & Stoughton, 1988, pp. 97–111.

In the following excerpt, Pritchett analyzes “The Duel,” focusing on character and the work's “playlike architecture.”

In “The Duel” we see the conflict between Tolstoy's Christian ethic and Darwinism and a reply to the accusation that Chekhov had evaded the crucial Russian demand for a statement of his “convictions.” In this letter he calls “The Duel” a novel. It is not episodic and haphazard like the discarded Stories of the Lives of My Friends, but a long, carefully designed piece of work held together by a central conflict of ideas sustained to the end and rooted in the interplay of the characters and the influences of the scene. It is one of his...

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