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PostSubject: Let me ask you   Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:15 pm

Chekhov now assumed responsibility for the whole family.[28] To support them and to pay his tuition fees, he wrote daily short, humorous sketches and vignettes of contemporary Russian life, many under pseudonyms such as "Antosha Chekhonte" (Антоша Чехонте) and "Man without a Spleen" (Человек без селезенки). His prodigious output gradually earned him a reputation as a satirical chronicler of Russian street life, and by 1882 he was writing for Oskolki (Fragments), owned by Nikolay Leykin, one of the leading publishers of the time.[29] Chekhov's tone at this stage was harsher than that familiar from his mature fiction.[30]

In 1884, Chekhov qualified as a physician, which he considered his principal profession though he made little money from it and treated the poor for free.[31] In 1884 and 1885, Chekhov found himself coughing blood, and in 1886 the attacks worsened; but he would not admit tuberculosis to his family and friends,[15] confessing to Leikin, "I am afraid to submit myself to be sounded by my colleagues."[32] He continued writing for weekly periodicals, earning enough money to move the family into progressively better accommodation. Early in 1886 he was invited to write for one of the most popular papers in St. Petersburg, Novoye Vremya (New Times), owned and edited by the millionaire magnate Alexey Suvorin, who paid per line a rate double Leikin's and allowed him three times the space.[33] Suvorin was to become a lifelong friend, perhaps Chekhov's closest.[34][35]



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