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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Contents

Introduction
3
A Quiet Return
14
Grazhdanin The Citizen
38
Narodnichestvo Russian Populism
65
The Diary of a Writer 1873 I
87
The Diary of a Writer 1873 II
103
At Bad Ems
120
A Literary Proletarian
130
The Great Debate
407
Rebellion and the Grand Inquisitor
426
A Last Visit
443
An Impatient Reader
460
Terror and Martial Law
475
The Pushkin Festival
497
Pushkin Two Readings
514
The Diary of a Writer 1880
533

Notes for A Raw Youth
149
A Raw Youth Dostoevskys Trojan Horse
171
A Personal Periodical
197
A New Venture
199
A Public Figure
215
Intimations of Mortality
235
The Diary of a Writer 18761877
254
Toward The Brothers Karamazov
282
The Jewish Question
301
Turgenev Tolstoy and Others
320
Stories and Sketches
338
With Words to Sear the Hearts of Men
359
Resurrection and Rebellion
361
Man in the Middle
377
A New Noveland a Feuilleton
390
Controversies and Conclusions
548
The Brothers Karamazov
565
The Brothers Karamazov Books 12
567
The Brothers Karamazov Books 34
588
The Brothers Karamazov Book 5
600
The Brothers Karamazov Book 6
621
The Brothers Karamazov Book 7
636
The Brothers Karamazov Books 89
646
The Brothers Karamazov Books 1011
662
The Brothers Karamazov Book 12
684
Death and Transfiguration
705
Notes for a Phantom Future
707
A National Symbol
722
Finale
740
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Joseph Frank is professor emeritus of Slavic and comparative literature at Stanford and Princeton. The five volumes of his Dostoevsky biography, published between 1976 and 2002, won a National Book Critics Circle Award, a "Los Angeles Times" book prize, two James Russell Lowell Prizes, two Christian Gauss Awards, and other honors. In 2008, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies awarded Frank its highest honor.

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