Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin was born into Russian nobility in Moscow.
Anton Chekhov was a Russian physician who also wrote plays and short stories. By the time he died, he was considered second only to Tolstoy when it came to famous Russian writers. He once said: "Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress.