Bentley, Eric
March 1955
New Republic;3/21/55, Vol. 132 Issue 12, p22
The article discusses a play "Three Sisters," by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov. There is no more beautiful modern play than Three Sisters. The subject matter suggests neither celestial loveliness nor infernal grandeur. Chekhov seems to be the only one who can depict the little people, around him with a deeply romantic and passionate love and hence without direct contempt on the one hand or, on the other, the indirect contempt of abstract, doctrinaire admiration. This is, perhaps, the fundamental reason why his plays are beautiful. It is not an intended beauty. It is a beauty that radiates from a beautiful spirit, and its radiance is an irreducibly real love, of his fellow men.


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