EPITAPH : ANTON CHEKHOV

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Welcome to Epitaph for D’s Art Takes. Here we present the creative legacies of influential people, who are no longer among us. Today we invite you to take a look at the life of the Russian writer, Anton Chekhov.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in Taganrog, Russia in 1860. As a young child, Chekhov enjoyed the stories his mother would read him and his siblings. This was perhaps the initial spark that eventually inspired him to write his stories.

In the late 70s, Chekhov moved to Moscow and studied medicine. As a side business, he also wrote for local publications. This allowed him to earn some extra income for the family. As Chekhov gained more writing experience, he eventually started publishing his own works. These were evidently influenced by Russian literary greats such as Tolstoy.

Anton Chekhov : Style & Important Works

Borrowing from the style of authors before him, Chekhov evetually developed his own unique way of storytelling. Published in the late 80s, his The Steppe won him a Pushkin Prize. He also began writing plays around this time.

Arguably Chekhov’s most celebrated works are from the latter part of his life. The Seagull (1896) was a love story between an actress and a writer. Three Sisters (1901) followed the lives of the Bronte sisters. And his last play, The Cherry Orchard (1904) is about a rich family that went bankrupt.


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