A self-taught writer: Anton Chekhov could write a story about an ash tray!

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A writer’s life: Anton Chekhov. Chekhov wrote an estimated 8oo short stories, everything from one-page jeux to novellas, only half of which have been translated. “I could write a story about an ash-tray,” he said. He invented the modern short story by changing the thrust of the narrative from mere relation of events to the revelation of character through incident.

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