The Evils of Tobacco
Chekhov, Anton (source Russian playwright, medical doctor, 1860-1904),
“The Evils of Tobacco,” a 20-minute farce monologue in English, translated by Michael Frayn from Anton Chekhov’s Russian original, set on the platform in the hall of a provincial club, 1889,
© 1988 by Michael Frayn;
• in Anton Chekhov’s Plays, translated from the Russian by Michael Frayn, a Methuen paperback, Methuen’s World Dramatists (London: Methuen & Company, Ltd. [since, Routledge, Chapman & Hall], 1988), ISBN 0-413-19160-X, LCCN _____, 377 pp., containing “The Evils of Tobacco,” “Swan Song,” “The Bear,” “The Proposal,” The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard;
• script/rights available from Methuen Drama, 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EJ, England, telephone +44 20 7798 1600, fax +44 20 7828 2098/7233 9827, http://www.methuenbookshop.co.uk/shop/page.php?jssCart=5c9120ca7b37a6a6f23713e2c835525e&xPage=features.html&fpage=36;
• Cited in Play Index, 1988-1992: An Index to 4,397 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (____-____) (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1993), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 542 pp.
Ivan Ivanovich Nyukhin (m), lecturer, a henpecked husband.
• “The original version of this monologue (1886) was one of Chekhov’s very popular early farces; it was published in English for the first time in The Unknown Chekhov. The currently more well-known version (1902) illustrates the artistic development in Chekhov’s later writing. This version (described here) allows the audience to glimpse the reality of Nyukhin’s sad life beneath the thick layer of farce. Of course, the piece has nothing to do with the harmful effects of tobacco. Its topic is the pathos of the human comedy."—Chekhov, Anton P.: On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco, http://endeavor.med.nyu.edu/lit-med/lit-med-db/webdocs/webdescrips/chekhov1110-des-.html, accessed November 13, 2002.
• “Variant titles: The harmfulness of tobacco; On the harmfulness of tobacco. Satirical lecture by henpecked husband.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 61.
• See also “Smoking Is Bad for You,” translated from the original Russian into English by Ronald Hingley.
• See also “On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco,” a __-minute farce monologue in English, translated by Avrahm Yarmolinsky.
harm, lecture, tobacco.