Come to Papochka: meet the father of the modern short story

Come to Papochka: meet the father of the modern short story

Join us for an in-depth look into the stories of Anton Chekhov, the father of the modern short story, on Tuesday, October 10, at 6:30 in the Lawson McGhee Library meeting room. Professor Natalia Pervukhin, author of Anton Chekhov: The Sense and the Nonsense, will lead the discussions.

In his short stories, Chekhov revealed a profound understanding of human nature and the ways in which ordinary events can carry deeper meaning. He concentrated primarily on mood and characters, showing that they could be more important than the plots. His writing had an immediate and direct impact on James Joyce, Katherine Mansfield, and Sherwood Anderson and indirectly on Katherine Anne Porter, Franz Kafka, Ernest Hemingway, Bernard Malamud, and Raymond Carver.

Come to Papochka is part of CheckhovFest, hosted by the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Tennessee.

Download stories to be studied below. To download more short stories, such as: "A Trifle from Real Life," "Kashtanka," and "The Lady with the Dog," please email nhill@knoxlib.org.