The Cherry Orchard - Research Article from Literature and Its Times

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by Anton Chekhov

The son of a grocer, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born into a family of modest means in Taganrog, Russia, in 1860. Anton's father, Pavel, made some unsound business dealings, and in 1875 he went bankrupt and fled to Moscow, leaving his family behind. Anton Chekhov eventually moved to Moscow too, where he began writing as a career in order to support his family. Living in Moscow, Chekhov became one of Russia's foremost short story writers and dramatists. He later moved to Yalta, completing The Cherry Orchard, the last of his four major plays, less than a year before he died of tuberculosis in 1904.

Events in History at the Time of the Play

The decline of the nobility. Over the course of the nineteenth century, the power of Russia's noble families eroded. Many of the families had incurred overwhelming debts. Landowners such as the play's Mrs. Ranevsky...

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