How to Write Like Chekhov

Advice and Inspiration, Straight from His Own Letters and Work


Edited by Piero Brunello

Edited by Lena Lencek

By Anton Chekhov

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Maxim Gorky said that no one understood — the tragedy of life’s trivialities — as clearly as Anton Chekhov, widely considered the father of the modern short story and the modern play. Chekhov’s singular ability to speak volumes with a single, impeccably chosen word, mesh comedy and pathos, and capture life’s basic sadness as he entertains us, are why so many aspire to emulate him. How to Write Like Chekhov meticulously cherry-picks from Chekhov’s plays, stories, and letters to his publisher, brother, and friends, offering suggestions and observations on subjects including plot and characters (and their names), descriptions and dialogue, and what to emphasize and avoid. This is a uniquely clear roadmap to Chekhov’s intelligence and artistic expertise and an essential addition to the writing-guide shelf.


  • Publishers Weekly, starred online review, 11/3/08
    “Makes a thorough guide…An insightful, practical outline of Chekhov’s literary approach. Following Lencek’s intelligent introduction, advice is helpfully broken down by topic…Both Chekhov’s correspondence and his excerpts prove interesting and illustrative…Including a ‘who’s who’ of Chekhov’s pen pals and suggestion for further reading, this is a useful and smart guide for writers of all kinds.”

    Augusta Metro Spirit, 11/19/08
    “A masterpiece of writing advice…a perfect companion for writers at any stage of the craft.”

    The Writer, 2/09
    “What’s new and particularly noteworthy in this volume is a focus on lessons to be learned from a close reading of The Island of Sakhalin.”

On Sale
Nov 11, 2008
Page Count
254 pages

Anton Chekhov

About the Author

Piero Brunello is a professor at the University of Venice.

Lena Lencek is a professor at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

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