January 30, 2020

#TBT Happy Birthday Anton Pavlovich



#TBT Happy Birthday Anton Pavlovich
Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper, 1901.

Yesterday, January 29, was Anton Pavlovich Chekhov's 160th birthday. Let's celebrate with some links to stories we have published about the great writer in Russian Life and online.

Meanwhile, over on Facebook, we'll be sharing some choice quotes from Anton Pavlovich over the coming month. Like this one: "I am of the opinion that real happiness is impossible without idleness. My ideal is to be idle and love a plump girl."

Let's begin with the collection of his writings we published in bilingual format. What better way to make use of Chekhov than by improving your Russian by reading his stories?

We've published a few bios of him in the magazine, including this one, and this one. We've written about his dog, about when he met Tolstoy, and about Chekhovian fillers. That should be enough to get you started. Then look below, in the Additional Reading links. We'll add some other stories of interest down there.

"The happy man only feels happy because the unhappy man bears his burden in silence."

– Anton Chekhov, "Gooseberries"
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