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Anton Chekhov, the Russian playwright and story writer, lived a short but intense life in the concluding decades of the 19th century. Left by his debt-ridden parents to manage the old household in southern Russia duing his mid-teens, he managed to finish his medical school training, pursue careers as a doctor and writer, and support much of his family for much of his short life, as well as purchase land, finance a country school, and "enjoy" many love affairs with difficult and demanding women. He died of tuberculosis undoubtedly caught from patients at the age of 44.

Rayfield's 600-page biography reads very easily and fast. It accents the life of its subject: there's very little dissection of Chekhov's writings. But the life will help readers understand the bitter humor of his plays and stories.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Russian Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   Russian

Setting

Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Russia City?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   concerned Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book

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