Anton Chekhov is one of the the most recognized Russian storytellers in the literary world. A writer of short fiction and dramatic literature, many of his short stories are considered the apotheosis of the form, while several of his plays are amongst the most renowned works of the twentieth century.
The typical Chekhov story is most often what happens within a given character. This focus on internal drama (rather than outward action), has had an enormous influence on both Russian and foreign literature. Anton Chekhov brilliantly conveyed the mood of his characters, giving his work a realism emulated, but seldom matched by other writers.
Chekhov's stories generally relate to human folly and the tragedy of trivialities. The author of several hundred short stories, some of the more notable include The Lady with the Little Dog, In Exile, The Chorus Girl, Peasant Wives, The Black Monk, Rothschild’s Fiddle, The Schoolmistress, The Grasshopper, Oysters, The Orator, Oh! The Public, Hush!, A Nervous Breakdown, and The Bet.
While gifted as a short story writer, Anton Chekhov is most celebrated for his dramatic literature. His plays were a kind of comic satire, pointing out the unhappy nature of existence in turn-of-the-century Russia. Four plays of great distinction include The Seagull (1896), Uncle Vanya (1899), The Three Sisters (1901), and The Cherry Orchard (1904).
Unfortunately the world lost the great playwright to tuberculosis in 1905, at the age of 44 years. If not for his premature death, who really knows what other great works of would have come from the gifted Russian playwright.
Anton Chekhov Facts
Russian Name: Антон Павлович Чехов
Date of Birth: January 29, 1860
Place of Birth: Taganrog, Russian Empire
Date of Death: July 15, 1904
Place of Death: Badenweiler, German Empire
Marriage: Married Olga Knipper on May 25, 1901
Literary Works: view list of Chekhov's writing
Anton Chekhov Memoirs (English Subtitles)
Anton Chekhov - The Cherry Orchard - Part 1
Anton Chekhov - The Cherry Orchard - Part 2
Anton Chekhov - The Cherry Orchard - Part 3
Hush! - Anton Chekhov - Read by Kenneth Branagh
Oh! The Public - Anton Chekhov - Read by Kenneth Branagh
A Story Without a Title - Anton Chekhov - Read by Kenneth Branagh
The Orator - Anton Chekhov - Read by Kenneth Branagh