Memories of Chekhov: Accounts of the Writer from His Family, Friends and Contemporaries

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For many years until his death he sent books to be added to its collections. A French governess taught the children languages. To add to his already vivid imagination, Anton's nurse entertained the children with fantastical tales while their mother told them of her travels around the world with her father as a young girl.

Anton's father, born into serfdom, had a great love for music. He was a very strict, religious man but they were a close-knit family, sharing evenings after school singing, playing musical instruments, and singing in the church choir and attending Mass on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings. Taganrog was a bustling port and trading town until the railway was built.

By the year Pavel had hit financial ruin. He closed the shop, their home and contents were auctioned off and the family moved to Moscow to start over. Anton stayed in Taganrog to continue his studies at the high school, paying his way by tutoring. In he joined his family in Moscow and entered the University of Moscow to study medicine.

He graduated in and practiced medicine for the rest of his life. His family were then living in the town of Voskresensk, outside of Moscow. Anton joined them but soon moved to a town close by called Zvenigorod where he met fellow doctor Upensky and practiced medicine. The family's financial struggles continued but the ever-humble Anton became a great support to his family, as a doctor and as a freelance writer. When I get tired of one I spend the night with the other. These years of living in the country again became fruitful for Chekhov: he had a strict schedule of writing but also had time for a social life; he became acquainted with numerous literary and artistic people of the day including Leo Tolstoy , Aleksandr Ivanovich Kuprin and Maxim Gorky.

He wrote many stories during this time and his first drama Ivanov which he wrote in two weeks. Chekhov always delighted in being in the country with family and friends, spending time outdoors canoeing, fishing, gardening and talking about literature. It served his imagination well and also helped him focus on his writing. But despite his cheerful and outgoing demeanour he was suffering from onset of tuberculosis. It did not stop him however from traveling throughout Europe and Russia, including an arduous 6, mile journey to the island of Sakhalin or Sahalin to study the Tsar's penal colony there and the brutal conditions suffered by the 10, imprisoned.

His report on his journey across Siberia and extensive three month research and census of the peoples of the island "enough for three dissertations" letter to Alexei Suvorin, 27 September was published as The Island of Sakhalin in His story "In Exile" was also inspired by this experience. Chekhov also traveled frequently to Moscow and St. Petersburg visiting friends and overseeing the production of his plays.

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In the late 's Chekhov established his own country estate of Melikhovo now a museum where the rest of his family joined him. He also worked arduously as a doctor to help those far and wide against the cholera epidemic. His home was always full of visitors and the sick were welcomed while Chekhov himself continued to downplay his own illness. With seeming unending amouts of energy and lust for life, he had numerous philanthropic projects to take care of while he continued to write plays, many of them performed in Moscow's Art Theatre.

On 25 May Chekhov married Olga Knipper an actress who starred in many of his plays. They settled at Chekhov's new estate in Autka, Yalta. With increasing health problems, Chekhov continued to travel, seeking healthier climates. But after such a short life of giving so selflessly to others, at the age of forty-four Chekhov died while staying at a spa in the Black Forest.

He died in Badenweiler, Germany on 2 July, He was buried in the family plot in Moscow's Novodevichy Cemetery next to the convent. In honour of Chekhov in the formerly named town of Lopasnya after the Lopasnya Rive , was re-named in Chehov's honour. Among the many monuments dedicated to Chekhov worldwide stands an impressive bronze statue in Chekhov Square in Taganrog. Along with his prolific output of letters to friends and family and his four most popular plays The Seagull , Uncle Vanya , The Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard , further works by Chekhov include his plays;.

Biography written by C. Merriman for Jalic Inc. Copyright Jalic Inc. All Rights Reserved. Does anyone have some recommendations for Chekhov stories? Are there any stories similar to that one? Thanks for your help! Hello, I'm researching the development of realism in the 19th century and Chekhov profoundly furthered its progression. However, I am currently trying to find how his medical background influenced his realistic writing.

I'm also trying to locate some primary sources to cite. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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Ok, so don't pelt me with stones. I've heard of Chekhov but I simply haven't been engaged much in reading lately.

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So I have bought a book of selected stories by Anton Chekhov. Without a Title In the Ravine I must admit, I like how Chekhov plunges straight into a story, without any real deliberation. I realize this is kind of an open ended question; however, as a person that has read some Tolstoy and a good portion of Dostoevsky how does Chekhov compare?

What are his important themes that he tends to address? Thanks Hello, I just registered here and this is my first post.

Well, in reality, I didn't quite finish it: I returned it to the library before I finished the last story. I figured I could find it online and read off the screen. Hopefully you can help. One more little clue: It was published I need a few reviews on his short story, "A Problem. Thanks in advance! About Love is seriously neglected when it comes to simple discussion and literary criticism.

If someone would kindly enlighten me as to why Chekhov's other stories take precedent over and above About Love? I know so little about About Love and would like more insight into the characters and shape of this much-ignored short story.

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Meanwhile it's great to see so many like-minded persons interested in Chekhov. I hope you will welcome and bear with me while As a daily commuter with a newly gifted iPod, I'd like to begin listening to the great wealth of Chekhov's works. Who has time to read these days!? There seem to be almost too many audiobook collections to choose from, with a lot of duplication. I'd be interested in hearing any recommendations on what people have found worthwhile.

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Thank you I know this was discussed already in the 'Chekhov Short Story Thread', but after just having read it, I would like to open another discussion of the story. Anyone interested, perhaps? I've read some stories by Chekhov in the past a very long time ago , but I never really took to them. However, I've heard enough raving about Chekhov on this site, that I would like to try to revisit his work. Does anyone have recommendations on where I should start? Thanks for your help I have a few great Chekhov quotes in a notebook and have no clue what stories they are from.

I know by the notebook that they are from his stories, not his plays. The variations in translations makes this more difficult. Perusing his collections has yielded nothing so far. Similiarly, all internet searches came up dry. Please submit a quiz here. Here is where you find links to related content on this site or other sites, possibly including full books or essays about Anton Chekhov written by other authors featured on this site.

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Life is a seminar: A. P. Chekhov, cover to cover.

Biography of Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov , Russian physician, renowned short story author and playwright wrote Uncle Vanya ; We must live our lives. Yes, we shall live, Uncle Vanya. We shall live through the long procession of days before us, and through the long evenings; we shall patiently bear the trials that fate imposes on us; we shall work for others without rest, both now and when we are old; and when our last hour comes we shall meet it humbly, and there, beyond the grave, we shall say that we have suffered and wept, that our life was bitter, and God will have pity on us.

Ah, then dear, dear Uncle, we shall see that bright and beautiful life; we shall rejoice and look back upon our sorrow here; a tender smile--and--we shall rest. I have faith, Uncle, fervent, passionate faith.