CHEKHOV IN MY LIFE by Lydia Avilov


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Until now an unknown phase of Chekhov's life, this record by Lydia Avilov who loved him, and was loved in return, during the most important decade of his literary work holds a definite significance, is in its own right an affecting story. The memoir, delicate and sensitive, describes their eight meetings and includes some of the intervening correspondence; the first meeting in 1889 when Chekhov was twenty nine, and she was already married and a mother; the second meeting three years later when both recognized their love for each other as well as their obligations- he to the family he supported, she to her husband and three children; and the sporadic tenor of their relationship in which each hurt the other directly and indirectly; the production of The Seagull and the intimate meaning it hold to them. There is charm here, as well as the tragedy of an unfinished, quixotic relationship, and the story is an appealing one if the primary market will be among followers of this writer.

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace