The Encased Man

Anton Chekhov (1860–1904) wrote of the Russian period of depression and pessimism and is the acknowledged leader of the realistic school of the Russian short story.

He has been compared to Guy de Maupassant for the masterful way in which he creates an atmosphere and narrates his stories to a climax. No other writer has the same ability to reveal the characters’ souls in just two or three pages.

In The Encased Man he describes the life of a schoolmaster whose existence is limited by petty rules, morals, inhibitions, and unconscious fears. Despite these traits, the man finds himself on the verge of an unforeseen marriage to a boisterous, energetic, positive woman—in short, his complete opposite. But his character traits rear their heads and destiny rushes in upon him.

Author Biography

Anton Chekhov (1860–1904), the author of hundreds of short stories and several plays, is regarded by many as both the greatest Russian storyteller and the father of modern drama. He described the Russian life of his time using a deceptively simple technique devoid of obtrusive literary devices, thereby becoming the prominent representative of the late nineteenth-century Russian realist school. His early stream-of-consciousness style strongly influenced the literary world, including writers such as James Joyce.

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Cathy Dobson is the author of Planet Germany and a narrator of audiobooks.

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