Dostoevsky: The Stir of Liberation, 1860-1865, Volume 3

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Princeton University Press, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 395 pages
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"This volume, the third of five in Joseph Frank's widely acclaimed biography of Dostoevsky, begins with the writer's return to St. Petersburg, after a ten-year Siberian exile. Having met with sudden fame as the highly praised young author of Poor Folk in 1845, Dostoevsky was abruptly forgotten after his arrest and exile for political conspiracy. He came back to the capital determined to reestablish his literary reputation. Now as the editor of and writer for two literary journals that joined in the cultural and social ferment of Russia in the early 1860s, Dostoevsky was to discover the themes that would underlie his mature masterpieces. Frank describes the intricate process of the novelist's self-definition, in interaction with all the forces of the "stir of liberation" under Alexander II." --Cover.
  

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Review: Dostoevsky: The Stir of Liberation, 1860-1865 (Dostoevsky biography #3)

User Review  - Bryn Hammond - Goodreads

Years spent on journalism. Much more lively a tale than I thought. He remains the champion of psychic freedom against the determinism of his day. It's this that caused his split with the Left -- as ... Read full review

Review: Dostoevsky: The Stir of Liberation, 1860-1865 (Dostoevsky biography #3)

User Review  - Buzz Borders - Goodreads

The best book so far. The way Frank covers Winter Notes on Summer Impressions and Notes from Underground is yet unmatched by any other scholarly work I've read on either topic. Read full review

Contents

Exiles Return
8
A Bit of Liberty A Bit of Freedom
22
A New Movement Pochvennichestvo
34
Into the Fray
48
Petersburg Visions
64
An Aesthetics of Transcendence
76
Polemical Skirmishes
94
The Insulted and Injured
110
Time The Final Months
197
House of the Dead
213
Winter Notes on Summer Impressions
233
An Emancipated Woman
251
A Tormented Lover
268
Epoch
283
Will I Ever See Masha Again?
296
Notes from Underground
310

The First Leaflets
133
Young Russia
145
Portrait of a N ihilist
160
The Land of Holy Wonders
179
The End of Epoch
348
The Vitality of a Cat
367
Index
389
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Joseph Frank is the author of an award-winning multivolume biography of Dostoevsky.

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