The first of Chekhov's works to be published in a serious literary
journal, 'The Steppe', with its masterly account of a spectacular
thunderstorm, signifies his maturation as a writer of short
stories. While the majority of his tales focus on the privileged
classes, this selection shows that Chekhov never forgot his origins
as the son of a failed provincial grocer, and characters as varied
as the brutal soldier in 'Gusev', the downtrodden old constable in
'On Official Business', and the bemused peasants in 'New Villa'
testify to the power and flexibility of his art. ABOUT THE SERIES:
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