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Anton Chekhov. Chekhov's grandfather was a serf, who had bought his own freedom and that of his three sons in He also taught himself to read and write. Yevgenia Morozova, Chekhov's mother, was the daughter of a cloth merchant. He attended a school for Greek boys in Taganrog and Taganrog grammar school The family was forced to move to Moscow following his father's bankruptcy.
At the age of 16, Chekhov became independent and remained for some time alone in his native town, supporting himself through private tutoring. While in the school, he began to publish hundreds of comic short stories to support himself and his mother, sisters and brothers. His publisher at this period was Nicholas Leikin, owner of the St. Petersburg journal Oskolki splinters. His subjects were silly social situations, marital problems, farcical encounters between husbands, wives, mistresses, and lovers, whims of young women, of whom Chekhov had not much knowledge — the author was was shy with women even after his marriage.
His works appeared in St. Petersburg daily papers, Peterburskaia gazeta from , and Novoe vremia from By Chekhov had gained a wide fame as a writer. His second full-length novel, The Shooting Party, was translated into English in Agatha Christie used its characters and atmosphere in her mystery novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Chekhov graduated in , and practiced medicine until In Chekhov met H. Suvorin, who invited him to become a regular contributor for the St. Petersburg daily Novoe vremya. His friendship with Suvorin ended in because of his objections to the anti-Dreyfus campaingn conducted by paper.
But during these years Chechov developed his concept of the dispassionate, non-judgemental author. He outlined his program in a letter to his brother Aleksandr: "1. Absence of lengthy verbiage of political-social-economic nature; 2. The author's refusal to join the ranks of social critics arose the wrath of liberal and radical intellitentsia and he was criticized for dealing with serious social and moral questions, but avoiding giving answers.
However, he was defended by such leading writers as Leo Tolstoy and Nikolai Leskov. I should like to be a free artist and that's all The failure of his play The Wood Demon and problems with his novel made Chekhov to withdraw from literature for a period. In he travelled across Siberia to remote prison island, Sakhalin. There he conducted a detailed census of some 10, convicts and settlers condemned to live their lives on that harsh island. Chekhov hoped to use the results of his research for his doctoral dissertation.
It is probable that hard conditions on the island also weakened his own physical condition. From this journey was born his famous travel book T Books by Anton Chekhov. Walk across the bridge. The restaurant is across the street from the hotel. That was a very kind act. I don't want to miss the first act. Now is the time to act. He acted on your suggestion. It will take an act of Congress to change that law. Don't act like a child. He is a man of action. He proved that actions speak louder than words. Where did he see action? He leads an active life.
With all these social activities, when do you get a chance to study? You don't actually believe that story? She works here but her office is actually on the second floor. Add it to my bill. Add water to the soup. Add up this list of figures. The addition is correct but there is an error in your subtraction. We need many additions to our staff. This additional work will take about two hours more. In addition to my other worries, this has to happen. Do you need anything in addition?
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