Praised as being the greatest short story writer in the history of time by his devoted fans of great and legendary literary merit. Prior to this I had read Katherine Mansfield, reported to be one of his disciples, and found her stories to be among the most honest and sympathetic that I have ever read. Naturally I turned to one said to be her superior and a major influence on her style and skill, and although his writing is certainly skillful, for me, Mansfield is his superior. That being said, I would like to read a few more of his stories and his plays someday. Any suggestions are welcome. For now I stand with Nabokov, who considered Chekhov a writer of distinction, but strongly disagreed with his being touted as the world's greatest short story writer.