Dostoevsky: The Mantle of the Prophet, 1871-1881

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Princeton University Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 784 pages
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This fifth and final volume of Joseph Frank's justly celebrated literary and cultural biography of Dostoevsky renders with a rare intelligence and grace the last decade of the writer's life, the years in which he wrote A Raw Youth, Diary of a Writer, and his crowning triumph: The Brothers Karamazov.

Dostoevsky's final years at last won him the universal approval toward which he had always aspired. While describing his idiosyncratic relationship to the Russian state, Frank also details Doestoevsky's continuing rivalries with Turgenev and Tolstoy. Dostoevsky's appearance at the Pushkin Festival in June 1880, which preceded his death by one year, marked the apotheosis of his career--and of his life as a spokesman for the Russian spirit. There he delivered his famous speech on Pushkin before an audience stirred to a feverish emotional pitch: "Ours is universality attained not by the sword, but by the force of brotherhood and of our brotherly striving toward the reunification of mankind." This is the Dostoevsky who has entered the patrimony of world literature, though he was not always capable of living up to such exalted ideals.

The writer's death in St. Petersburg in January of 1881 concludes this unparalleled literary biography--one truly worthy of Dostoevsky's genius and of the remarkable time and place in which he lived.

  

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Review: Dostoevsky: The Mantle of the Prophet, 1871-1881 (Dostoevsky biography #5)

User Review  - Steve Evans - Goodreads

This is the culmination of a five volume literary biography, the longest on any writer I am aware of - and the only one I have read of the five. It weighs in at more than 750 pages, and covers the ... Read full review

Review: Dostoevsky: The Mantle of the Prophet, 1871-1881 (Dostoevsky biography #5)

User Review  - Sean - Goodreads

Frank's five-part work is considered by many to be the definitive critical biography of Dostoevsky (in any language) and it will not take the reader long to see why. He displays an exhaustive ... Read full review

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Joseph Frank is the author of an award-winning multivolume biography of Dostoevsky.

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