Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), a Russian writer and physician, is considered to be one of the greatest short story writers. He best known include ‘The Bet’, ‘The Black Monk’, ‘The Lady with the Little Dog’, ‘Kashtanka’ and ‘The Lion and the Sun’. In addition, he authored four plays which are now classics of the theatre: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. He continued to practice medicine all his life, despite his success as a writer, and died of tuberculosis aged only 44. Chekov was modest about his achievements; he once said he did not think people would continue to read his work for very long after he died. Thousands of mourners attended his funeral.