Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born to parents, Yevgenia Yakovelena, the daughter of a clothmerchant and Pvel Yegorovitch, a grocer on January 29th, 1860, in the town of Taganrog inRostov Oblast, Russia. Anton's grandfather had been a serf who worked on the estate of VladimirGrigorievitch Tchertkov before buying his own freedom in 1841. YoungChekhov attendedtheGreek School in Taganrogand the TaganrogGymnasium, where he sang in the choir and wasalso held back a year for failing one of his exams.A great lover of nature, young Checkhov was robust with activity and intelligence, alwayscracking a joke, and playing with his siblings. He read literature and the Greek classics includingHomer, and also works byMiguel de Cervantes, Ivan Goncharov,William Shakespeare, IvanTurgenev andUncle Tom's Cabin. These stories and writers provoked Chekhov’s literaty realismstyle and perspective that he would go on to place in many of his writings.