Anton Pavlovich Chekov was born in 1860 in Taganrog, Russia, the grandson of a self-freed serf. As a child he worked with his father in their grocery store. His family, save himself, fled to Moscow after going bankrupt. He stayed behind, and wrote stories to support himself during his medical schooling. He continued writing even through his career as a doctor, eventually quitting his job to write. He turned into one of the world's, and certainly Russia's, best writers. He died in 1904 of tuberculosis after writing hundreds of short stories (and marrying a famous actress!).