His career as a playwright produced four classics, and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Chekhov renounced the theatre after the reception of The Seagull in , but the play was revived to acclaim in by Konstantin Stanislavski 's Moscow Art Theatre , which subsequently also produced Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and premiered his last two plays, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. These four works present a challenge to the acting ensemble  as well as to audiences, because in place of conventional action Chekhov offers a "theatre of mood" and a "submerged life in the text". Chekhov had at first written stories to earn money, but as his artistic ambition grew, he made formal innovations which have influenced the evolution of the modern short story.
The memoir's style is clear and the story is compelling. Furthermore, Rassweiler's introductions and annotations make the memoir usable for courses in Russian history, gender history, medical history, and general European history. July Michelle DenBeste California State University Fresno During the past few decades, an increasing number of memoirs and autobiographies of a wide range of individuals who lived in Russia and the Soviet Union have appeared in English translation. This memoir by a woman physician and educator whose life spanned the years before the Revolution and the Stalin era is a welcome addition to this literature. The author, Anna Zhukova Bek, grew up in an isolated mining village in Eastern Siberia where her father was the mine director.
Born to a peasant family in the Siberian village of Pokrovskoye , Tobolsk governorate now Tyumen oblast , Rasputin had a religious conversion experience after taking a pilgrimage to a monastery in He has been described as a monk or as a "strannik" wanderer, or pilgrim , though he held no official position in the Russian Orthodox Church. After traveling to St. Petersburg, either in or the winter of —05, Rasputin captivated some church and social leaders.