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"
Three Stories for Maslenitsa
  • February 01, 1996

Three Stories for Maslenitsa

Three stories by Chekhov are translated here for the season of late winter and Maslenitsa: Bliny, The Stupid Frenchman, and On Frailty.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
  • January 01, 2010

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Chekhov was one of Russia's most prolific and influential writers, and this January marks his 150th birthday. We look back at his work, always worth another read.
The Poet of Laughter
  • April 01, 1999

The Poet of Laughter

Russian Life visits with a leading expert on Nikolai Gogol, to consider the writer's legacy and influence.
When Chekhov Met Tolstoy
  • August 08, 2019

When Chekhov Met Tolstoy

On this day in 1895, two Titans of Russian literature met for the first time and had a swim. Or did they?
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