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Joseph Frank's award-winning, five-volume Dostoevsky is widely recognized as the best biography of the writer in any language--and one of the greatest literary biographies of the past half-century. Now Frank's monumental, 2500-page work has been skillfully abridged and condensed in this single, highly readable volume with a new preface by the author. Carefully preserving the original work's acclaimed narrative style and combination of biography, intellectual history, and literary criticism, Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time illuminates the writer's works--from his first novel Poor Folk to Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov--by setting them in their personal, historical, and above all ideological context. More than a biography in the usual sense, this is a cultural history of nineteenth-century Russia, providing both a rich picture of the world in which Dostoevsky lived and a major reinterpretation of his life and work.

Synopsis:

"Although the pace has quickened, the serene and magnificent persistence that Joseph Frank brought to his five volumes resonates fully in this distilled story. If (as Frank tells us) Dostoevsky 'felt ideas,' then Frank 'feels biography' at any scale, with a perfect sense of proportion."--Caryl Emerson, Princeton University, author of The Cambridge Introduction to Russian Literature

"[This book] ensures Frank's status as the definitive literary biographer of one of the best fiction writers ever."--David Foster Wallace

"The editing and deep thought that have gone into this magnificent one-volume condensation of Frank's magnum opus are to be greatly admired. This is the best biography of Dostoevsky, the best reading of some of the major novels, the best cultural history of nineteenth-century Russia. Just the best."--Robin Feuer Miller, Brandeis University, author of Dostoevsky's Unfinished Journey

Synopsis:

Joseph Frank's award-winning, five-volume Dostoevsky is widely recognized as the best biography of the writer in any language--and one of the greatest literary biographies of the past half-century. Now Frank's monumental, 2500-page work has been skillfully abridged and condensed in this single, highly readable volume with a new preface by the author. Carefully preserving the original work's acclaimed narrative style and combination of biography, intellectual history, and literary criticism, Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time illuminates the writer's works--from his first novel Poor Folk to Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov--by setting them in their personal, historical, and above all ideological context. More than a biography in the usual sense, this is a cultural history of nineteenth-century Russia, providing both a rich picture of the world in which Dostoevsky lived and a major reinterpretation of his life and work.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

List of I llustrations xi

Preface: Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time xiii

Acknowledgments xix

Transliteration xxi

Abbreviations xxiii

PART I: The Seeds of Revolt, 1821-1849

Chapter 1: Prelude 3

Chapter 2: The Family 5

Chapter 3: The Religious and Cultural Background 23

Chapter 4: The Academy of Military Engineers 38

Chapter 5: The Two Romanticisms 51

Chapter 6: The Gogol Period 61

Chapter 7: Poor Folk 76

Chapter 8: Dostoevsky and the Pléiade 86

Chapter 9: Belinsky and Dostoevsky: I?94

Chapter 10: Feuilletons and Experiments 104

Chapter 11: Belinsky and Dostoevsky: II?119

Chapter 12: The Beketov and Petrashevsky Circles 129

Chapter 13: Dostoevsky and Speshnev 145

PART II: The Y ears of Ordeal, 1850-1859

Chapter 14: The Peter-and-Paul Fortress 163

Chapter 15: Katorga 185

Chapter 16: "Monsters in Their Misery" 196

Chapter 17: Private Dostoevsky 223

Chapter 18: A Russian Heart 243

Chapter 19: The Siberian Novellas 255

Chapter 20: Homecoming 273

PART III: The Stir of Liberation, 1860-1865

Chapter 21: Into the Fray 281

Chapter 22: An Aesthetics of T ranscendence 298

Chapter 23: The Insulted and Injured 317

Chapter 24: The Era of Proclamations 330

Chapter 25: Portrait of a Nihilist 341

Chapter 26: Time: The Final Months 358

Chapter 27: Winter Notes on Summer Impressions 372

Chapter 28: An Emancipated Woman, A Tormented Lover 384

Chapter 29: The Prison of Utopia 399

Chapter 30: Notes from Underground 413

Chapter 31: The End of Epoch 441

PART IV: The Miraculous Y ears, 1865-1871

Chapter 32: Khlestakov in Wiesbaden 455

Chapter 33: From Novella to Novel 472

Chapter 34: Crime and Punishment 483

Chapter 35: "A Little Diamond" 509

Chapter 36: The Gambler 521

Chapter 37: Escape and Exile 531

Chapter 38: In Search of a Novel 549

Chapter 39: An Inconsolable Father 564

Chapter 40: The Idiot 577

Chapter 41: The Pamphlet and the Poem 590

Chapter 42: Fathers, Sons, and Stavrogin 601

Chapter 43: Exile's Return 616

Chapter 44: History and Myth in Demons 626

Chapter 45: The Book of the Impostors 650

PART V: The Mantle of the Prophet, 1871-1881

Chapter 46: The Citizen 669

Chapter 47: Narodnichestvo: Russian Populism 682

Chapter 48: Bad Ems 694

Chapter 49: A Raw Youth 706

Chapter 50: A Public Figure 723

Chapter 51: The Diary of a Writer, 1876-1877 738

Chapter 52: A New Novel 760

Chapter 53: The Great Debate 779

Chapter 54: Rebellion and the Grand Inquisitor 788

Chapter 55: Terror and Martial Law 804

Chapter 56: The Pushkin Festival 813

Chapter 57: Controversies and Conclusions 835

Chapter 58: The Brothers Karamazov: Books 1-4 848

Chapter 59: The Brothers Karamazov: Books 5-6 867

Chapter 60: The Brothers Karamazov: Books 7-12 886

Chapter 61: Death and Transfiguration 912

Editor's Note 933

Index 935

Contents

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691155999
Author:
Frank, Joseph
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Frank, Joseph
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Comparative Literature
Subject:
European History
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
31 halftones.
Pages:
984
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , "Although the pace has quickened, the serene and magnificent persistence that Joseph Frank brought to his five volumes resonates fully in this distilled story. If (as Frank tells us) Dostoevsky 'felt ideas,' then Frank 'feels biography' at any scale, with a perfect sense of proportion."--Caryl Emerson, Princeton University, author of The Cambridge Introduction to Russian Literature

"[This book] ensures Frank's status as the definitive literary biographer of one of the best fiction writers ever."--David Foster Wallace

"The editing and deep thought that have gone into this magnificent one-volume condensation of Frank's magnum opus are to be greatly admired. This is the best biography of Dostoevsky, the best reading of some of the major novels, the best cultural history of nineteenth-century Russia. Just the best."--Robin Feuer Miller, Brandeis University, author of Dostoevsky's Unfinished Journey

"Synopsis" by , Joseph Frank's award-winning, five-volume Dostoevsky is widely recognized as the best biography of the writer in any language--and one of the greatest literary biographies of the past half-century. Now Frank's monumental, 2500-page work has been skillfully abridged and condensed in this single, highly readable volume with a new preface by the author. Carefully preserving the original work's acclaimed narrative style and combination of biography, intellectual history, and literary criticism, Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time illuminates the writer's works--from his first novel Poor Folk to Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov--by setting them in their personal, historical, and above all ideological context. More than a biography in the usual sense, this is a cultural history of nineteenth-century Russia, providing both a rich picture of the world in which Dostoevsky lived and a major reinterpretation of his life and work.
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