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ANTON CHEKHOV (1860-1904)
Anton Chekhov Born on January 29,
1860, one of Russia's most cherished storytellers.
Chekhov began writing short stories during
his days as a medical student at the University of Moscow. After
graduating in 1884 with a degree in medicine, he began to freelance
as a journalist and writer of comic sketches. Early in his career,
he mastered the form of the one-act and produced several
masterpieces of this genre including The Bear (1888) in which a
creditor hounds a young widow, but becomes so impressed when she
agrees to fight a duel with him, that he proposes marriage, and The
Wedding (1889) in which a bridegroom's plans to have a general
attend his wedding ceremony backfire when the general turns out to
be a retired naval captain "of the second rank.
Ivanov (1887), Chekhov's first full-length
play, a fairly immature work compared to his later plays, examines
the suicide of a young man very similar to Chekhov himself in many
ways. His next play, The Wood Demon (1888) was also fairly
unsuccessful. In fact, it was not until the Moscow Art Theater
production of The Seagull (1897) that Chekhov enjoyed his first
Intro Music by Media Justin and Magdalena O'Neill: