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A Week in Literary History

November 11th, 2002

Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky (Crime and Punishment, 1886) is born in Moscow in 1821.

dostoevsky.jpgFyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, b. November 11, 1821 d. 1881

Dostoevsky has his detractors, most notably Vladimir Nabokov, who had no taste for his countryman’s religious enthusiasms and thought his novels sentimental. But Dostoevsky wrote on a huge scale; his excesses are part of the deal and his preoccupation with psychology is unparalleled. His characters — quarreling, agonizing, rushing about, philosophizing, and always talking talking talking — are fascinating. Their craziness — even their author’s — is the stuff of humanity, presented by a giant of literature.

Suggested Reading Novels Notes from the House of the Dead, 1861-62. Notes from Underground, 1864. The Gambler, 1866. Crime and Punishment, 1866. The Idiot, 1868. The Possessed, 1871-72. The Brothers Karamazov, 1879-80.

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