LitReading - Classic Short Stories

Misery by Anton Chekhov

Episode Summary

Loneliness is painful enough under normal circumstances, but social rejection in the face of a personal crisis can be devastating.

Episode Notes

Loneliness is painful enough under normal circumstances, but social rejection in the face of a personal crisis can be devastating. Here is the tale of a man who is looking for a way to share his grief, but finds little but selfish indifference or outright cruelty.

Leo Tolstoy considered this 1886 short story one of Anton Chekhov’s finest.

Anton Chekhov’s stories and plays were considered too gritty for many of the Gilded Age in Britain and the U.S.

Modern British writer William Boyd considers Chekhov to be the greatest short story writer of all time, stating “Chekhov's stories are as wonderful (and necessary) now as when they first appeared. It is not only the immense number of stories he wrote—for few, if any, writers have ever done more—it is the awesome frequency with which he produced masterpieces, stories that shrive us as well as delight and move us, that lay bare our emotions in ways only true art can accomplish.”