Antosha and Levitasha

“Through meticulous scholarship and fine writerly craft, Gregory offers a riveting story of two creative geniuses at work.”

Slavic and East European Journal

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Book Reviews
Review essay by John Griswold in Inside Higher Ed (January 3, 2016)
Slavic & East European Journal (Summer 2016)
The Russian Review (October 2016)
Slavonic & East European Review (October 2016)
H-Net Review by Ingrid Nordgaard, Yale Univiersity (May 2017)

“. . .it’s fascinating. Reliable biographical information on Levitan in English is rare to non-existent, so this book is extremely welcome. It also has a wealth of information on the social and economic circumstances that shaped Levitan’s and Chekhov’s lives.”
Nicholas Jainschigg, Professor of Illustration, Rhode Island School of Design
(Five Stars, Amazon Customer Review, January 2018)

Summary
Antosha and Levitasha is structured chronologically, following the narrative arc of a complex friendship that alternated between periods of affection and animosity, but always reflected an unwavering appreciation of each other’s artistic talents. Within its chronological structure, the book follows three over-arching themes: 1) Chekhov’s and Levitan’s shared view of nature and similar approach to depicting landscape; 2) their romantic and social rivalry within their circle of friends, many of whom were among Moscow’s leading cultural figures; and 3) the influence of Levitan’s personal life on Chekhov’s stories and plays.

The book was published by Northern Illinois University Press in November 2015. NIU Press is now an imprint of Cornell University Press.