Anton Chekhov (1809-1904)

Death: 15th July 1904
Location: Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow, Russia
Cause of death: Tuberculosis
Photo taken by: Marc Heiden

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Russian short-story writer and playwright. His best known plays are The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. His short stories revolutionised the genre and influenced many other writers. 
He developed a love of literature and the theatre at an early age and spent most of his money on attending the theatre. After leaving school he went on to study at the medical school of Moscow State University. He started writing short stories during this period in an attempt to support his family. In 1884 he qualified as a physician but continued to write and have his work published in periodicals. 
Towards the end of the 1880’s Chekhov contracted tuberculosis from one of his patients and this forced him to spend long periods away from home receiving treatment. He died in Germany where he had been staying in a clinic.