He was a literary artist of laconic precision who probed below the surface of life, laying bare the secret motives of his characters.
Chekhov’s best plays and short stories lack complex plots and neat solutions.
In his plays, too, Chekhov emphasizes character and mood; his plots describe the desolation of lonely people and the misunderstandings that accrue from self-absorption and desperation.
His focus on internal drama was an innovation that had enormous influence on both Russian and foreign writing.
Chekhov captured life in the Russia of his time by using a deceptively simple technique devoid of obtrusive literary devices.
He is regarded as the outstanding representative of late 19th-century Russian realism., 1860–1904, Russian short-story writer, dramatist, and physician, b. The son of a grocer and grandson of a serf, Chekhov earned enduring international acclaim for his stories and plays. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.His early works, broad humorous sketches and tales published under a pseudonym, were written to support himself and his family while he studied for his medical degree in Moscow. A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic.An active humanitarian, Chekhov wrote (1890), a study of convicts' lives that helped to effect social reform; as a physician he fought two cholera epidemics. He wrote several farces related to his early stories, but his first major staged drama was (1904), his last great work. By the time he completed medical school (1884), Chekhov had been writing fiction for several years—mainly anecdotes for humour magazines.His first work in a leading literary review, “Steppe” (1888), depicted a journey in the Ukraine as seen through a child’s eyes.This work, along with the play Although Chekhov is best known for his plays, some critics think that his stories are even more creative and significant.Chekhov’s elusive, superficially guileless style of writing—in which what is left unsaid seems much more important than what is said—has defied effective analysis by literary critics and effective imitation by other creative writers. Content Header .feed_item_answer_user.js-wf-loaded . Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article.