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Anton Chekhov

(1860-1904)

Russian Author
A short but intense life...

The physician and writer Anton Chekhov, son of a grocer and grandson of a serf, had a short but intense and turbulent life, fighting against his tuberculosis or with his dependents. While studying medicine, he supported his family by writing humorous sketches. He died at the age of forty-four He is known as one of the greatest playwrights and short story novelist, torn between his longing for solitude and his need for company.


As a short story writer, his reputation was definitively acquired in 1888, when The Steppe won the Pushkin Prize. After a visit to a penal colony in 1890, he wrote The Island of Sakhalin. Then he lived near Moscow, where he ran a free clinic for peasants. His first play, Ivanov (1887) had little success, but the SeaGull and his next plays were acclaimed at the Moscow Art Theater. In 1901, Anton Pavlovich married Olga Knipper, an actress and interpreter of many of his characters. Three years later, he died of tuberculosis. His style, emphasizing internal dramas, mood and characterization, is focusing on the tragicomic aspects of daily events.

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Russian Authors:  Chekhov Dostoevsky Gogol Tolstoy

Other Authors of Theatre genre:  Shakespeare Shaw Wilde

Laureate of the Pushkin Prize with The Steppe in 1888

His first play, Ivanov (1887) had little success, but the SeaGull and his next plays were acclaimed at the Moscow Art Theater.


Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov