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Dostoevsky: The Mantle of the Prophet, 1871-1881

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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.

Review:

"Everything about this ambitious enterprise is splendid — its intellectual seriousness, its command of the Russian setting and sources, its modesty of tone, its warm feeling....Frank is clearly on the way toward composing one of the great literary biographies of the age." Irving Howe, New York Times Book Review

Review:

"In his aim of elucidating the setting within which Dostoevsky wrote--personal on the one hand, social, historical, cultural, literary, and philosophical on the other--Frank has succeeded triumphantly." J. M. Coetzee, New York Review of Books

Review:

"This extraordinary biography succeeds in making both irony and great ideas wholly alive, immediately accessible to us. It is a great work, both of scholarship and of art." A. S. Byatt, Sunday Times

Review:

"One of the finest achievements of American literary scholarship." René Wellek, Washington Post Book World

Review:

"There is probably no living biographer more adept than Joseph Frank at drawing intellectual family trees and turning them into forests. In page after page and volume after volume — this is his fifth and final one — he has devotedly elongated the affiliations and connections, the fraternities and masonries, of Russian intellectual and literary life, and in so doing has made luminous a world that for many of us was obscure." James Wood, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

Synopsis:

This fifth and final volume of Joseph Frank's justly celebrated 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."15 halftones.

About the Author

Joseph Frank is Professor of Comparative Literature Emeritus at Princeton University and Professor of Comparative Literature and Slavic Languages and Literature Emeritus at Stanford University. Previous volumes of Dostoevsky have received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, two Christian Gauss Awards, two James Russell Lowell Awards of the Modern Language Association, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and other honors. In addition to the previous volumes of Dostoevsky, Frank is the author of Through the Russian Prism: Essays on Literature and Culture (Princeton), The Widening Gyre, and The Idea of Spatial Form.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Transliteration and Texts xv

PART I: A NEW BEGINNING

Chapter 1: Introduction 3

Chapter 2: A Quiet Return 14

Chapter 3: Grazhdanin: The Citizen 38

Chapter 4: Narodnichestvo: Russian Populism 65

Chapter 5: The Diary of a Writer, 1873: I 87

Chapter 6: The Diary of a Writer, 1873: II 103

Chapter 7: At Bad Ems 120

Chapter 8: A Literary Proletarian 130

Chapter 9: Notes for A Raw Youth 149

Chapter 10: A Raw Youth: Dostoevsky's Trojan Horse 171

PART II: A PERSONAL PERIODICAL

Chapter 11: A New Venture 199

Chapter 12: A Public Figure 215

Chapter 13: Intimations of Mortality 235

Chapter 14: The Diary of a Writer, 1876-1877 254

Chapter 15: Toward The Brothers Karamazov 282

Chapter 16: The Jewish Question 301

Chapter 17: Turgenev, Tolstoy ,and Others 320

Chapter 18: Stories and Sketches 338

PART III: "WITH WORDS TO SEAR THE HEARTS OF MEN"

Chapter 19: Resurrection and Rebellion 361

Chapter 20: Man in the Middle 377

Chapter 21: A New Novel--and a Feuilleton 390

Chapter 22: The Great Debate 407

Chapter 23: Rebellion and the Grand Inquisitor 426

Chapter 24: A Last Visit 443

Chapter 25: An Impatient Reader 460

Chapter 26: Terror and Martial Law 475

Chapter 27: The Pushkin Festival 497

Chapter 28: Pushkin: Two Readings 514

Chapter 29: The Diary of a Writer, 1880 533

Chapter 30: Controversies and Conclusions 548

PART IV: THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV

Chapter 31: The Brothers Karamazov: Books 1-2 567

Chapter 32: The Brothers Karamazov: Books 3-4 588

Chapter 33: The Brothers Karamazov: Book 5 600

Chapter 34: The Brothers Karamazov: Book 6 621

Chapter 35: The Brothers Karamazov: Book 7 636

Chapter 36: The Brothers Karamazov: Books 8-9 646

Chapter 37: The Brothers Karamazov: Books 10-11 662

Chapter 38: The Brothers Karamazov: Book 12 684

PART V: DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION

Chapter 39: Notes for a Phantom Future 707

Chapter 40: A National Symbol 722

Chapter 41: Finale 740

Notes 757

Index 775

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691086651
Subtitle:
The Mantle of the Prophet, 1871-1881
Author:
Frank, Joseph
Author:
Frank, Joseph
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Novelists, Russian.
Subject:
Comparative Literature
Subject:
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
Subject:
Novelists, Russian - 19th century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 65.
Publication Date:
April 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 halftones
Pages:
800
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 39 oz

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Product details 800 pages Princeton University Press - English 9780691086651 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Everything about this ambitious enterprise is splendid — its intellectual seriousness, its command of the Russian setting and sources, its modesty of tone, its warm feeling....Frank is clearly on the way toward composing one of the great literary biographies of the age."
"Review" by , "In his aim of elucidating the setting within which Dostoevsky wrote--personal on the one hand, social, historical, cultural, literary, and philosophical on the other--Frank has succeeded triumphantly."
"Review" by , "This extraordinary biography succeeds in making both irony and great ideas wholly alive, immediately accessible to us. It is a great work, both of scholarship and of art."
"Review" by , "One of the finest achievements of American literary scholarship."
"Review" by , "There is probably no living biographer more adept than Joseph Frank at drawing intellectual family trees and turning them into forests. In page after page and volume after volume — this is his fifth and final one — he has devotedly elongated the affiliations and connections, the fraternities and masonries, of Russian intellectual and literary life, and in so doing has made luminous a world that for many of us was obscure." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Synopsis" by , This fifth and final volume of Joseph Frank's justly celebrated 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."15 halftones.
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