1973 edition of Anton Chekhov Selected Works in Two Volumes Volume1: Stories and Volume 2: Plays. I will post two separate posts for each volume
“What does Chekhov mean to me? He is my friend, he is a great writer, a great playwright, and a great man. From time to time he comes to see me, sits down here besides me, and we talk. He joins Shakespeare,Shaw,Whitman and others, and I very much enjoy my time spent in their company. Scholars too join us, men and women who have given us knowledge or freed us from many diseases. There are not many great people among us. But we know them, we take pleasure in their conversation, and we are happy that they blend in with us.
Chekhov is invariably in the centre. Now he was a man born with a silver spoon in his mouth. A poet like Whitman; a playwright, like Shakespeare; a great man, as they all are; he seems to be a combination of them all. But Chekhov is more than this. He is a friend.”
~ From recollections of Sean O’Casey
Maxim Gorky; the great Russian Author once wrote about his visit to Chekhov as “ Once he invited me to the village Kout-chouk-Koy where he had a tiny strip of land and a white, two-storied house. There, while showing me his “estate,” he began to speak with animation: “If I had plenty of money, I should build a sanatorium here for invalid village teachers. You know, I would put up a large, bright building—very bright, with large windows and lofty rooms. I would have a fine library, different musical instruments, bees, a vegetable garden, an orchard. . . . There would be lectures on agriculture, mythology. . . . Teachers ought to know everything, everything, my dear fellow.”