Anton Chekhov
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Anton Chekhov

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (/ˈtʃɛkɔːf, -ɒf/; Russian: Анто́н Па́влович Че́хов, pronounced [ɐnˈton ˈpavləvʲɪtɕ ˈtɕɛxəf]; 29 January 1860 - 15 July 1904) was a Russian playwright and short story writer who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short fiction in history. His career as a playwright produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Along with Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg, Chekhov is often referred to as one of the three seminal figures in the birth of early modernism in the theater.Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress."

Chekhov renounced the theatre after the disastrous reception of The Seagull in 1896, but the play was revived to acclaim in 1898 by Constantin Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theatre, which subsequently also produced Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and premiered his last two plays, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. These four works present a challenge to the acting ensemble as well as to audiences, because in place of conventional action Chekhov offers a "theatre of mood" and a "submerged life in the text".

Chekhov had at first written stories only for financial gain, but as his artistic ambition grew, he made formal innovations which have influenced the evolution of the modern short story. He made no apologies for the difficulties this posed to readers, insisting that the role of an artist was to ask questions, not to answer them.
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    • Five Plays

    • By: Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett, Amanda Friday, Jeff Moon, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs
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    A collection of four of Chekhov's most popular dramas together with his unusual one-act comedy, The Boor, presented by members of The Online Stage....

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    • The Kiss

    • By: Anton Chekhov (translated by Constance Garnett)
    • Narrated by: Richard Setlok
    • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
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    Eight classic tales by Chekhov come alive through the gentle yet powerful reading of Richard Setlok....

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    • My last Chekhov

    • By William E. Hendry on 05-18-16

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    • The Cherry Orchard

    • By: Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated by: Marsha Mason, full cast
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    A work of timeless, bittersweet beauty about the fading fortunes of an aristocratic Russian family....

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    • By Andre on 11-18-11

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    • The Seagull

    • By: Anton Chekhov, Christopher Hampton (translator)
    • Narrated by: Calista Flockhart, T. R. Knight, Stephen Collins, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
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    Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull is considered one of his most haunting and atmospheric character studies....

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    • By E. Dickstein on 06-13-16

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    • In the Ravine and Other Stories

    • By: Anton Chekhov
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    • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
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    Here are 11 short stories and one novella by Anton Chekhov, one of the finest masters of what is acknowledged as a difficult genre....

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    • Fine Stories about Mother Russia & the Human Heart

    • By Jefferson on 08-22-15

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    • Uncle Vanya

    • By: Anton Chekhov, David Mamet, Vlada Chernornirdik
    • Narrated by: Josh Radnor, Stacy Keach, Martin Jarvis, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
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    In this classic of Chekhov’s canon, an overbearing professor pays a visit to his country estate, where Sonya and Vanya, his daughter and former brother-in-law, have slaved to maintain his wealth....

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    • Poor American soap

    • By tyrone on 10-22-17

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    • The Lady with a Dog

    • By: Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated by: Michael Scott
    • Length: 44 mins
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    This well-known short story tells of an adulterous affair between a Russian banker, Dmitry Gurov and a young lady he meets while vacationing...

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    • The Complete Stories of Anton Chekhov, Vol. 2

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    • By: Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
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    A Russian author, playwright, and physician, Anton Chekhov is widely considered one of the best short-story writers of all time....

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    • By D. B. Chamberlain on 03-29-16

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    • The Bet

    • By: Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
    • Length: 19 mins
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    A rich banker makes a bet with a poor artist that he cannot voluntarily stay imprisoned for a long period of time....

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    • Pretty good Chekhov Short Story

    • By Michael on 03-29-13

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    • The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov, Volume 1

    • By: Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
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    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, (1860-1904), was born in Russia at Taganrog on the Sea of Azov. His name has become synonymous with a certain literary style much admired and widely copied since his death....

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    • Wonderful stories.

    • By Saman on 10-18-12

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