Three Sisters Beverly Hahn (essay date 1977) - Essay

Norma Fox Mazer

Beverly Hahn (essay date 1977)

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: "Three Sisters," in Chekhov: A Study of the Major Stories and Plays, Cambridge University Press, 1977, pp. 284-309.

[In this essay, Hahn examines Chekhov's carefully constructed balance of opposing tensions in Three Sisters.]

D. S. Mirsky defined something of the essential character of Chekhov's art when he said, in the course of an otherwise hostile account, 'Chekhov … must appeal to Classicist and Romanticist alike: the former will admire the balance and measure of his art and mind; the latter the naturalness of the balance, which in its very harmony remains true to self, and imposes no constraint on spontaneous experience.'1 The...

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