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Russian writer Anton Chekhov is recognized as a master of the modern short story and a leading playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Through his novels and plays, the prolific writer emphasized the depths of human nature, the hidden significance of everyday events, and the fine line between comedy and tragedy.
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Key Facts & Information
Birth and Childhood
- Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born on January 29, 1860, in the small seaport of Taganrog, Ukraine. His father, Pavel, was a grocer with frequent money troubles while his mother, Yevgeniya, shared her love of storytelling with Chekhov and his five siblings.
- Chekhov also wrote for the theater during this period. His earliest plays were short comedies; however, he soon developed his signature style, which was a unique mix of comedy and tragedy.
- Plays such as Ivanov (1887) and The Wood Demon (1889) told stories about educated men of the upper classes coping with debt, disease, and disappointment in life.
- Chekhov wrote many of his greatest works from the 1890s through the last few years of his life. In his short stories, including Ward No. 6 and The Lady with the Dog, he revealed a profound understanding of human nature and the ways in which ordinary events can carry deeper meaning.
- Chekhov concentrated primarily on mood and characters, showing that they could be more important than the plots. Not much seems to happen to his lonely, often desperate characters, but their inner conflicts take on great significance. Their stories are very specific, painting a picture of pre-revolutionary Russian society, yet timeless.
- From the late 1890s onward, Chekhov collaborated with Constantin Stanislavski and the Moscow Art Theater on productions of his plays, including his masterpieces The Seagull (1895), Uncle Vanya (1897), The Three Sisters (1901), and The Cherry Orchard (1904).
Death and Legacy
- In 1901, Chekhov married Olga Knipper, an actress from the Moscow Art Theatre. However, by this point his health was in decline due to the tuberculosis that had affected him since his youth.
- While staying at a health resort in Badenweiler, Germany, he died in the early hours of July 15, 1904, at the age of 44.
- Chekhov is considered one of the major literary figures of his time. His plays are still staged worldwide, and his overall body of work influenced important writers of an array of genres, including James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and Henry Miller.
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- Authors Online
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- According to Anton
- Library Hunt
- First Encounter
- Becoming Russian
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