By Dana Rose Falcone
May 15, 2015 at 01:11 PM EDT
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The New York Review of Books will release Anton Chekhov’s The Prank next week, more than 130 years after it was written.

The collection of sketches, parodies, and short fictions was thought to be too controversial during the late 19th century, and Chekhov struggled to get it published in Russia, despite multiple attempts. Chekhov first started writing simply for the money, but went on to write four classic plays: Uncle Vanya, The Seagull, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard. He also wrote and sketched for Russian humor magazines.

The Prank, which featured never-before-published stories like “Artists’ Wives,” touches on the same universal themes as Chekov’s previous works and gives readers a new point of view on the Russian humorist.

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