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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface: Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. Transliteration
  2. p. xxi
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. xxiii
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  1. PART I: The Seeds of Revolt, 1821–1849
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1 Prelude
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. 2 The Family
  2. pp. 5-22
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  1. 3 The Religious and Cultural Background
  2. pp. 23-37
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  1. 4 The Academy of Military Engineers
  2. pp. 38-50
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  1. 5 The Two Romanticisms
  2. pp. 51-60
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  1. 6 The Gogol Period
  2. pp. 61-75
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  1. 7 Poor Folk
  2. pp. 76-85
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  1. 8 Dostoevsky and the Pléiade
  2. pp. 86-93
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  1. 9 Belinsky and Dostoevsky: I
  2. pp. 94-103
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  1. 10 Feuilletons and Experiments
  2. pp. 104-118
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  1. 11 Belinsky and Dostoevsky: II
  2. pp. 119-128
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  1. 12 The Beketov and Petrashevsky Circles
  2. pp. 129-144
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  1. 13 Dostoevsky and Speshnev
  2. pp. 145-160
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  1. PART II: The Years of Ordeal, 1850–1859
  2. pp. 161-162
  1. 14 The Peter-and-Paul Fortress
  2. pp. 163-184
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  1. 15 Katorga
  2. pp. 185-195
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  1. 16 "Monsters in Their Misery"
  2. pp. 196-222
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  1. 17 Private Dostoevsky
  2. pp. 223-242
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  1. 18 A Russian Heart
  2. pp. 243-254
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  1. 19 The Siberian Novellas
  2. pp. 255-272
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  1. 20 Homecoming
  2. pp. 273-278
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  1. PART III: The Stir of Liberation, 1860–1865
  2. pp. 279-280
  1. 21 Into the Fray
  2. pp. 281-297
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  1. 22 An Aesthetics of Transcendence
  2. pp. 298-316
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  1. 23 The Insulted and Injured
  2. pp. 317-329
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  1. 24 The Era of Proclamations
  2. pp. 330-340
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  1. 25 Portrait of a Nihilist
  2. pp. 341-357
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  1. 26 Time: The Final Months
  2. pp. 358-371
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  1. 27 Winter Notes on Summer Impressions
  2. pp. 372-383
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  1. 28 An Emancipated Woman, A Tormented Lover
  2. pp. 384-398
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  1. 29 The Prison of Utopia
  2. pp. 399-412
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  1. 30 Notes from Underground
  2. pp. 413-440
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  1. 31 The end of Epoch
  2. pp. 441-452
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  1. PART IV: The Miraculous Years, 1865–1871
  2. pp. 453-454
  1. 32 Khlestakov in Wiesbaden
  2. pp. 455-471
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  1. 33 From Novella to Novel
  2. pp. 472-482
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  1. 34 Crime and Punishment
  2. pp. 483-508
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  1. 35 "A Little Diamond"
  2. pp. 509-520
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  1. 36 The Gambler
  2. pp. 521-530
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  1. 37 Escape and Exile
  2. pp. 531-548
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  1. 38 In Search of a Novel
  2. pp. 549-563
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  1. 39 An Inconsolable Father
  2. pp. 564-576
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  1. 40 The Idiot
  2. pp. 577-589
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  1. 41 The Pamphlet and the Poem
  2. pp. 590-600
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  1. 42 Fathers, Sons, and Stavrogin
  2. pp. 601-615
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  1. 43 Exile's Return
  2. pp. 616-625
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  1. 44 History and Myth in Demons
  2. pp. 626-649
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  1. 45 The Book of the Impostors
  2. pp. 650-666
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  1. PART V: The Mantle of the Prophet, 1871–1881
  2. pp. 667-668
  1. 46 The Citizen
  2. pp. 669-681
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  1. 47 Narodnichestvo: Russian Populism
  2. pp. 682-693
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  1. 48 Bad Ems
  2. pp. 694-705
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  1. 49 A Raw Youth
  2. pp. 706-722
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  1. 50 A Public Figure
  2. pp. 723-737
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  1. 51 The Diary of a Writer, 1876–1877
  2. pp. 738-759
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  1. 52 A New Novel
  2. pp. 760-778
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  1. 53 The Great Debate
  2. pp. 779-787
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  1. 54 Rebellion and the Grand Inquisitor
  2. pp. 788-803
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  1. 55 Terror and Martial Law
  2. pp. 804-812
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  1. 56 The Pushkin Festival
  2. pp. 813-834
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  1. 57 Controversies and Conclusions
  2. pp. 835-847
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  1. 58 The Brothers Karamazov: Books 1–4
  2. pp. 848-866
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  1. 59 The Brothers Karamazov: Books 5–6
  2. pp. 867-885
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  1. 60 The Brothers Karamazov: Books 7–12
  2. pp. 886-911
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  1. 61 Death and Transfiguration
  2. pp. 912-932
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  1. Editor's Note
  2. pp. 933-934
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 935-959
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400833412
Related ISBN
9780691128191
MARC Record
OCLC
966898667
Pages
984
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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