“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
(January 1860- July 1904)
Anton Chekhov was one of Russia's most beloved writers. He wrote plays, short stories, novellas, non-fiction, and one novel: The Shooting Party (1884). At the time of his death Anton was second only to Leo Tolstoy in literary celebrity.
Long a bachelor, he had a number of vivacious, pretty, and talented women friends but none for whom he felt "love, sexual attraction, being of one flesh" in terms strong enough to propose marriage. But in 1898, when he was 38 and seriously ill, he met the actress Olga Knipper. By the time they married in May 1901, he not only was one of Russia's leading literary men, having been the first writer elected to honorary membership in the Academy of Sciences (January 1890), but was also engrossed in the theater, madly in love, and gravely tubercular.
Although Anton Chekhov became a physician he often treated patients for free and earned money from his writing.