Chekhov’s Death of a Clerk: A Critical Appreciation


  • Dr. Hareshwar Roy Associate Professor, English Govt. P.G. College Satna, Madhya Pradesh, India



Short Story, Chekhov, Death of a Clerk.


The present paper proposes to undertake a deep study of the Death of a Clerk.  This beautiful short story has been written by Anton Chekhov, a prominent story teller of Russia. This story has been translated into English from Russian by Ivy Litvinov. This translation of Ivy Litvinov has been made the basis of the present study. The period of 1880-1885 is a very important period in the career of Anton Chekhov. During this period, he wrote hundreds of humorous tales. They show a keen sense of the social scene and of the incongruities of life. These tales reveal a deep feeling for human injustice and suffering. In these stories Anton Chekhov attempted to see things as they were and to deal with them as he saw them. According to him a reasoned life without a clear-cut point of view is not a life, but a burden and a horror. This was a strange idea for that day but it played a significant role in his works. Chekhov’s Death of a Clerk is one of them. It beautifully presents the picture of the life of a society based on tyranny and servility.  


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Berdnikov, Georgi. “Chekhov and our Time”. Soviet Literature, Moscow, No.1 (382) (1980), p.3.
Litvinov, Ivy. “Death of a Clerk”. (Translated from Russian into English) in Anton Chekhov. Moscow: Raduga Publishers (English Translation © Progress Publishers) (1973), p.27.
Ibid. p. 27.
Ibid. p. 29.
Ibid. p. 27.
Ibid. p. 28.




How to Cite

Roy, D. H. (2020). Chekhov’s Death of a Clerk: A Critical Appreciation. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 8(3), 8.