Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in Russia in 1860. He initially wanted to study Medicine but he later also began a career as an author. He died in 1904 in Germany after being diagnosed with tuberculosis. Agafya focuses on the story of Savka, a handsome young man who embarks on an affair with Agafya, a peasant woman fearful of her husband. The narrator describes Agafya's decision to 'face the music' and confront her husband, Yakov, as Savka watches on. In 1888, Chekhov won the Pushkin Prize for his collection of short stories. His work has drawn influences from notable authors, Tolstoy, and Turgenev. Another strong influence on his work was his brother, Nikolai, whose death had a major influence on his writings. Chekhov is also known for his development of "zero endings", which leaves endings mysterious and allows readers to ponder on what may have happened.
Chekhov's work has had an immense influence on modern literature, influencing the likes of Ernest Hemingway and American playwright Tennessee Williams. His plays have been widely adapted, with Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard having been adapted into successful film and television versions. He wrote numerous short stories and plays, some of which were published posthumously. Chekhov's work has been extensively studied and analyzed, leading to a better understanding of his unique writing style. His works often portray the struggles of the everyday person, with a focus on the psychological rather than the physical. Chekhov's work has been celebrated for its realism and its ability to capture the nuances of the human condition. His writing style has been widely adopted by modern authors and his influence is still strongly felt in the literary world.