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Antosha and Levitasha
The Shared Lives and Art of Anton Chekhov and Isaac Levitan
“This meticulously researched and readable book is a chronological account of the contacts, friendship, common pursuits, rivalries, and professional work of Anton Chekhov and Isaac Levitan—two pivotal figures in Russian literature and art. . . . The book gives us abundant information about various aspects of the two artists’ friendship and the backgrounds to their compositions.” —Elizabeth Kridl Valkenier, The Harriman Institute, Columbia University, The Russian Review
“Very compelling . . . The book is laid out wonderfully, and Gregory’s chronological tags never fail to reinforce understanding of when we are . . . Gregory’s focus throughout is masterful.” —Inside Higher Ed
Antosha and Levitasha is the first book in English devoted to the complex relationship between Anton Chekhov and Isaac Levitan, one of Russia’s greatest landscape painters. Outside of Russia, a general lack of familiarity with Levitan’s life and art has undermined an appreciation of the cultural significance of his friendship with Chekhov. Serge Gregory’s highly readable study attempts to fill that gap for Western readers by examining a friendship that may have vacillated between periods of affection and animosity, but always reflected an unwavering shared aesthetic.
November 2015 264 pp., 20 illus., 6x9
Serge Gregory holds a PhD in Russian language and literature from the University of Washington. He spent the majority of his career as a corporate communications manager, while publishing articles and teaching courses on Russian literature and culture.
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