We've never met a centenary we didn't like - in addition to Bloomsday and Singer, we're closing in on the anniversary of Anton Chekhov's birth. To commemorate, the Scotsman looks at some of the new offerings, which include a biography, a letters collection, and a collection of stories.
ON JULY 15 it will be exactly 100 years since the death of Anton Chekhov. The anniversary is being marked by the publication of three books by and about him. Among them is a new biography by Rosamund Bartlett, the Russian scholar who is also responsible for updated translations of Chekhov’s major works. Drawing on a wide range of manuscripts, photographs and the previously unpublished full texts of the playwright’s letters, Bartlett’s book promises to give us a fresh angle on this most enigmatic of Russian writers.