Chekhov anniversary marked with major new publication, introduced by James Lasdun

Edition features Ronald Hingley's acclaimed translation and new illustrations by Laura Carlin

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Chekhov's birth and The Folio Society celebrates with a new 4-volume illustrated collection of his finest short stories. Master of the genre, inspiration to later writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver and William Trevor, by the time of his death at 44, Chekhov had produced an astonishing 600 or so stories, alongside, of course, his seminal stage plays. Sixty of his greatest stories have been selected for this edition, which uses Ronald Hingley's acclaimed translation. The edition is further enhanced by the beautiful illustrations of Laura Carlin, who recently did some wonderful work for our publication of Le Grand Meaulnes. Acclaimed writer James Lasdun introduces the collection with a very persuasive argument for Chekhov's pre-eminent position in the history of shorter fiction - 'his unsurpassed greatness as a teller of stories'. If you'd like to find out more about it, click here.

Celebrations marking Chekhov's birth on 29 January 1860 are taking place around the world. In Russia, a nationwide six-month festival in his honour was launched in January, with President Dmitry Medvedev jetting to Chekhov's birthplace, Taganrog in southern Russia. According to Reuters, Medvedev paid tribute to the physician-turned-writer, describing his literary output as "immortal". The BBC is currently running a Chekhov season, both on radio and television, whilst productions of his plays are going on throughout the year, from Three Sisters at the Lyric Hammersmith in London to the upcoming Uncle Vanya at the Sydney Theatre Company in the autumn, starring artistic director Cate Blanchett.

As a sad footnote, we just learned of Ronald Hingley's passing in January this year. Hingley, who produced his acclaimed translation of Chekhov's stories in the 1960s, was Emeritus Professor at St Antony's College, Oxford. He was praised, in particular, for the attention he paid to colloquial speech, reflecting Chekhov's ability to capture all facets of Russian society.

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