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Anton Chekhov
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    (January 26, 1860-July 15, 1904)
    Wrote the plays ‘The Seagull (1896),’ ‘Uncle Vanya (1889),’ ‘Three Sisters (1901),’ ‘The Cherry Orchard (1904)’ and many short stories
    Used the pen names ‘Antosha Chekhonte’ and ‘Man Without a Spleen’
    He called himself ‘a queer fish.’
    His plays and stories are full of depressing situations.
    Liberal intellectuals attacked him for alleged conservative views.
    Worst of all, he was a mime!
    He grew up poor.
    He had a medical degree.
    He helped fight cholera outbreaks in Russian villages.
    He established a rest home for the terminally ill.
    He died of tuberculosis at 44.
    He influenced John Cheever, Ken Kesey and many other writers.
    A character on the original ‘Star Trek’ was named after him.
    He said: ‘I’m not a liberal or a conservative . . . I should like to be a free artist, and that’s all.’

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