Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: Антон Павлович Чехов); 29 January [O.S. 17 January] 1860 – 15 July [O.S. 2 July] 1904) was a Russian short-story writer, playwright and physician, considered to be one of the greatest short-story writers in the history of world literature. His career as a dramatist produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Chekhov practised as a doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress."
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My good friend Jeffrey Hardy introduced Dennis and me to Rachel Kempson (Vanessa Redgrave's mother) after a performance of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya in London in the late '80's. (Michael Gambon was Uncle Vanya.) I had actually met Rachel Kempson on two previous occasions, but it was fun for Dennis and me to go backstage and see her after a brilliant stage production.