• “Wisdom.... comes not from age, but from education and learning”Anton Chekhov
  • “A book is a device to ignite the imagination”Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader
  • “A good book is an event in my life”Stendhal, The Red and the Black
  • “We owe it to each other to tell stories”Neil Gaiman
  • “You cannot open a book without learning something”Confucius
  • “The best books... are those that tell you what you know already”George Orwell, 1984
  • “A book is a gift you can open again and again”Garrison Keillor
  • “Books are the mirrors of the soul”Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts
  • “Sleep is good, he said, And books are better”George R.R. Martin
  • “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures”Jessamyn West
  • “Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity”G.K. Chesterton
  • “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us”Franz Kafka
  • “Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book”Stéphane Mallarmé
  • “Books are a uniquely portable magic”Stephen King, On Writing
  • “There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love”Christopher Morley, Pipefuls
  • “There is no friend as loyal as a book”Ernest Hemingway
  • “I cannot live without books”Thomas Jefferson
  • “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library”Jorge Luis Borges
About the website

About the website

“Reality is not an inspiration for literature. At its best, literature is an inspiration for reality”
Romain Gary

This, in a nutshell, is the best and truest understanding of Anton Chekhov’s and O. Henry’s stories and of literature in general.

He, who is familiar with books and literature, does not need an excuse to enter this website.
He, who loves movies, does not need to be convinced.
He, who has no interest whatsoever in the above, might chose to ignore the subject.

The challenge is to open the world of literature to those who are between these extremes.

We all share a reality that is inspired by literature.
O. Henry and Anton Chekhov turned that inspiration into something truly remarkable.

This web site is the attempt to better understand that special inspiration.

Those who enter due to their profession, who arrive thanks to their hobby, who need it “for school” or who stumbled across the website by accident – this web site is for you.

Enjoy your reading.