Fun Facts Friday: Anton Chekhov

January 29, 2016

Anton Chekhov (29 January, 1860 – 15 July, 1904) was one of Russia’s most beloved writers. He wrote plays, short stories, novellas, non-fiction, and one novel.

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  1. Chekhov was a physician by trade with a degree from I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University.
  2. Checkhov’s nom de plume was Island of Antosha Chekhonte
  3. Unlike many other authors, Mr. Chekhov lived on money he earned from writing and treated many of his patients for free.
  4. In 1887 Mr. Chekhov won the Pushkin Prize for his short story collection At Dusk.
  5. Chekhov published Island of Sakhalin in 1893 – 94 as a social piece on prison reform.
  6. Chekhov’s short story The Lady with the Dog is considered one of the best, if not the best, short story ever written.
  7. A few months before he died, Chekhov told Ivan Bunin, another writer, that he thought people might go on reading his writings for seven years.
    “Why seven?”
    “Well, seven and a half. That’s not bad. I’ve got six years to live.”
  8. According to IMDB, only Shakespeare outranks Chekhov with the amount of movies adaptations.
  9. Chekhov married Olga Knipper, an actress 1901. The two had a long distance relationship (he was in Yalta, she in Moscow) which produced many letters that are considered theater history. In the letters, the couple discusses how she should act in his plays and complaints about Stanislavski’s directing methods.
  10. At the time of his death, Mr. Chekhov was second only to Leo Tolstoy as the greatest Russian writer.

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