Selected early short stories 1882-1885

201 Stories by Anton Chekhov

About Anton Chekhov: One of Russia's greatest writers, Chekhov began his career writing jokes and anecdotes for popular magazines to support himself while he studied to become a doctor. Between 1888 and his death he single-handedly revolutionized both the drama and the short story. Near the end of his life he married an actress, Olga Knipper. He died from tuberculosis in 1904, age 44.

About this project: Constance Garnett translated and published 13 volumes of Chekhov stories in the years 1916-1922. Unfortunately, the order of the stories is almost random, and in the last volume Mrs. Garnett stated: 'I regret that it is impossible to obtain the necessary information for a chronological list of all Tchehov's works.' This site presents all 201 stories in the order of their publication in Russia.

'Reading Chekhov was just like the angels singing to me.' -- Eudora Welty, 1977


001 -

A Living Chattel

003 - At the Barber's

004 - An Enigmatic Nature

005 - A Classical Student

007 - The Trousseau

008 - A Daughter of Albion

009 - An Inquiry

011 - A Tragic Actor

012 - The Bird Market

013 - A Slander

014 - The Swedish Match

015 - Choristers

016 - The Album

017 - Minds in Ferment

019 - In the Graveyard

020 - Oysters

021 - The Marshal's Widow

022 - Small Fry

023 - In an Hotel

024 - Boots

025 - Nerves

026 - A Country Cottage

027 - Malingerers

028 - The Fish

029 - Gone Astray

032 - The Head of the Family

033 - A Dead Body

034 - The Cook's Wedding

035 - In a Strange Land

036 - Overdoing It

037 - Old Age

039 - Oh! the Public!

040 - Mari d'Elle

041 - The Looking-Glass

A Living Chattel

by Anton Chekhov

GROHOLSKY embraced Liza, kept kissing one after another all her little fingers with their bitten pink nails, and laid her on the couch covered with cheap velvet. Liza crossed one foot over the other, clasped her hands behind her head, and lay down.

Groholsky sat down in a chair beside her and bent over. He was entirely absorbed in contemplation of her.

How pretty she seemed to him, lighted up by the rays of the setting sun!

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