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Without A Dowry and Other Plays

Alexander Ostrovsky

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-0858-7
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8
Paperback
Ardis
01/28/2014

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One of the most important Russian playwrights of the nineteenth century, Alexander Ostrovsky (1823-1886) is credited with bringing realism to the Russian stage. Contemporary of Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy and precursor to Chekhov, he was a keen sociological observer, often exposing abuses of power, landing him in trouble with the censors again and again. He wrote 47 original plays and began the tradition of acting today associated with Stanislavsky. Ostrovsky’s plays were written with performance in mind and with a masterful use of colloquial language. To this day they are a much-performed part of the Russian repertory.

This volume collects four of Ostrovsky’s key plays, each from a different decade—A Profitable Position, An Ardent Heart, Without a Dowry, and Talents and Admirers, and is rounded out by the translator’s introduction, an afterword for each play, an extensive bibliography, and complete list of Ostrovsky’s works.


Praise for the work of Alexander Ostrovsky:

“We have our own Russian national theatre. By rights it should be called The Theatre of Ostrovsky.”—Ivan Goncharov

“Ostrovsky…towers above all other realistic dramatists during the half-century between Gogol and Chekhov…he, more than any other individual, influenced the course of Russian stage history in the latter half of the nineteenth century.” —The History of World Theater



Norman Henley (1916-2012) received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Slavic studies and taught at Johns Hopkins for many years. His other translations include The Russian Prose Reader and Pushkin’s Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin.

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