Thomas Mann held Chekhov in highest esteem, declaring, "His short stories rank with all that is greatest and best of European literature." This compilation of seven early and late tales attests to the Russian author's timeless appeal. Selections include "Misery," "A Father," "A Problem," "Ward No. 6," "In Exile," "My Life," and "Peasants."
Next to Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) is the most popular playwright in the English-speaking world. The Russian physician also wrote a series of remarkable short stories, in which he pioneered the stream-of-consciousness narrative technique.