Step' [The Steppe] was not Chekhov’s longest piece of prose fiction; that distinction belongs to his detective novel Drama na okhote [The Shooting Party, 1885]. Nor was it his first work to deal with the steppe: his short story Schast'e [Fortune, 1887], written after Chekhov had revisited his Taganrog birthplace, became extremely popular. It was, however, the first of Chekhov’s works to appear in one of the tolstye zhurnaly (thick journals), being published in Severnyi vestnik [The Northern Herald: March 1888]. Its appearance was a direct …
Pursglove, Michael. "Step'". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 December 2007; last revised 30 November -1.
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