Gary Dexter

Surprising literary ventures | 19 November 2008

On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco (1886), by Anton Chekhov

Chekhov originally wrote the dramatic monologue, On The Harmful Effects of Tobacco, in 1886, and substantially revised it for a second version of 1902 shortly before his death. It deals with Ivan Ivanovitch Nyukhin, a hen-pecked husband who delivers a lecture (at the request of his wife) on the evils of smoking.

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