Chekhov (1860-1903) wrote over 400 stories, novels and
sketches while completing his studies and beginning his
practice as a doctor. Both his medical and literary
careers were well established before he wrote his most renown
works, The Seagull (1895), The Three Sisters
(1900-01) and The Cherry Orchard (1903).
Woman's Kingdom was written in 1894, and tells the unhappy
story of Anna Akimovna, who inherits a rural factory from her
father, only to be miserable with her newly acquired wealth
and power. She is horribly lonely, finding herself
surrounded by townspeople who are often poor and drunk (and
wanting charity from her), and a flock of meddling women with
hilarious names like Stinging Beetle and Varvarushka.
The piece may have been inspired by Chekhov's work with the
poor in Novgorod and his subsequent move from Moscow to a
farmhouse at Melikhovo village in 1892.
hemorrhages began in 1884 and continued until his death.