Olga Knipper-Chekhova & Anton Chekhov

1900 - 1904
Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper-Chekhova  

Olga Knipper-Chekhova and Anton Chekhov were married for 3 years before Anton Chekhov died aged 44.


Russian Writer Anton Chekhov was born Anton Pavlovich Chekhov on 29th January, 1860 in Taganrog, Russia and passed away on 15th Jul 1904 Badenweiler, Germany aged 44. He is most remembered for Three Sisters. His zodiac sign is Aquarius.


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Relationship Statistics

Dating1900 - 25th May 1901 1 year, 4 months
Married25th May 1901 - 15th Jul 1904 3 years, 1 month
Total 1900 - 15th Jul 1904 4 years, 6 months

(25 May 1901 - 15 July 1904) (his death)
On 25 May 1901 Chekhov married Olga Knipper—quietly, owing to his horror of weddings—a former protegĂ©e and sometime lover of Nemirovich-Danchenko whom he had first met at rehearsals for The Seagull.
By May 1904, Chekhov was terminally ill with tuberculosis. Mikhail Chekhov recalled that "everyone who saw him secretly thought the end was not far off, but the nearer [he] was to the end, the less he seemed to realise it." On 3 June he set off with Olga for the German spa town of Badenweiler in the Black Forest, from where he wrote outwardly jovial letters to his sister Masha describing the food and surroundings and assuring her and his mother that he was getting better. In his last letter, he complained about the way the German women dressed.
Chekhov's death has become one of "the great set pieces of literary history", retold, embroidered, and fictionalised many times since, notably in the short story "Errand" by Raymond Carver. In 1908, Olga wrote this account of her husband's last moments:
Anton sat up unusually straight and said loudly and clearly (although he knew almost no German): Ich sterbe ("I'm dying"). The doctor calmed him, took a syringe, gave him an injection of camphor, and ordered champagne. Anton took a full glass, examined it, smiled at me and said: "It's a long time since I drank champagne." He drained it, lay quietly on his left side, and I just had time to run to him and lean across the bed and call to him, but he had stopped breathing and was sleeping peacefully as a child..

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July, 1904 - Breakup

25th May, 1901 - Marriage

1900 - Hookup

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