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EARLY YEARSv His mother used to tell him storiesv His father ran away in 1876 leaving him alone with hismotherv Moved to Taganrog to board with Selivanovv In 1879 he was accepted to medical school at the MoscowUniversity

BEGINNING CAREERv In order to support his family and education hewrote daily short sketchesv In 1886 he was invited to write for an even biggernewspaper, New Times

Anton Chekhov 1893

INSPIRATIONS IN LIFEv He wrote his first play in 1887v His brother Nikolay died in 1889v The Seagull was not enjoyed by the audience andmade Chekhov

Anton Chekhov (left) andbrother, Nikolai Chekhov(right)

FOLLOWERSv Chekhov did not gain international fame until after WW1. Withthis fame came followers, including:v Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Clifford Odets, Michael Frayn,Katherine Masnfield, John Cheever, Raymond Carver & VictorSawdon Prichettv His plays have also influenced films

Anton Chekhov withhis friends and familyin 1890

TECHNIQUE/STYLEv Chekhovs gun• "If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in thefollowing one it should be fired. Otherwise don't put it there." –Anton Chekhov• "If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall,in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's notgoing to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there."

“We shall find peace. We shall hearangels, we shall see the sky sparkle withdiamonds. ” –Anton Chekhov

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