The Dostoevsky archive: firsthand accounts of the novelist from contemporaries' memoirs and rare periodicals, most translated into English for the first time, with a detailed lifetime chronology and annotated bibliography
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (18211881), one of the greatest novelists of the 19th century, continues to be one of the writers most focused upon in academia throughout the world. With the recent opening of numerous archives in the former Soviet Union, much new material has come to light that has not yet been incorporated in publishes works or standard curricula. The Dostoevsky Archive comprehensively documents the entire life of the Russian novelist, using contemporary Russian source documents, the author's own letters and notes and those of his family, and the memoirs of his contemporaries. This fullscale reference work includes a detailed chronology, an annotated bibliography, and brief biographies of important contemporaries. Fully indexed.
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Born to a large family, the son of a doctor, Dostoevsky (1821-81) began his writing career with a highly successful novel, Poor People (1846). Around this time, he joined a Socialist literary organization and was eventually arrested and charged with treason. His original death sentence was commuted at the last moment by the czar, and Dostoevsky instead spent four years in Siberia. After prison, he joined the army and in a total reversal became an ardent monarchist (which he remained until his death). Dostoevsky scholar Sekirin has gathered memoirs, reviews, and personal recollections of almost everyone who came in contact with the author--no matter how briefly--and chronicles in detail his work habits, gambling, and bouts of debilitating epilepsy. The chapters are well organized and sources carefully documented. This is a good companion to Dostoevsky's A Writer's Diary (LJ 8/93). A first-rate work of scholarship; recommended for larger public and academic libraries.--Diane G. Premo, Rochester P.L., N.Y.
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