The Dostoevsky Encyclopedia (Google eBook)
One of the greatest writers of all time, Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) is best known for such masterpieces as Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov. His works are widely read and studied today, and he has received much biographical and critical attention. Like many other writers of enduring literature, he engages timeless moral and theological issues. His writings and ideas are complex and reflect the swirling political and intellectual controversies of his time. This encyclopedia is a convenient and comprehensive guide to his life and writings.
Through more than 200 alphabetically arranged entries, this reference details his life and career. Each of his fictional works is discussed, as are his major pieces of journalism. There are also entries for his family members, close friends and associates, places where he lived, literary movements with which he is associated, and journals or newspapers in which he published. Also included are entries for major writers and thinkers who influenced his works, and for ideas and themes that figure prominently in his writings. The entries cite works for further reading, and the encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography of major works.
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The Dostoevsky encyclopediaUser Review - Book Verdict
This one-of-a-kind reference can almost be read front to back; it is that compelling. Lantz, who translated and annotated Fyodor Dostoevsky's A Writer's Diary , has produced an encyclopedia that will intrigue scholars and devotees--especially through the exploration of Dostoevsky's lesser-known pieces and unpublished works--while serving to introduce newcomers to this classic Russian author. Along with descriptions of his literary endeavors, the 200-plus entries focus on the people, places, writers, thinkers, and movements that influenced Dostoevsky's own writing. They are listed both alphabetically and topically and are followed by a chronology that details, down to particular days, the major events of Dostoevsky's life. This arrangement helps greatly in giving context to his writing. The entries listed under the topic of themes and issues illustrate how closely Dostoevsky identified with his characters' struggles and how seriously he regarded the moral and social conflicts of his time. Bottom Line By revealing the empathetic roots of Dostoevsky's writing, Lantz makes this eminent author more accessible to all of us. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.--Maria Kochis, California State Univ. Lib., Sacramento
Review: The Dostoevsky EncyclopediaUser Review - Lara - Goodreads
I read this a few years when I was nothing short of addicted to Fyodor Dostoevsky. This book provides a thorough portrait of the man and his work. I learned a ton about his life and literature, and I ... Read full review