The first part of this volume, "All in the Family," focuses on Dostoevsky's early formation and schooling, i.e., his time in city and country, and his ties to his family, particularly his parents. The second section, "To Petersburg!," features Dostoevsky's early days in Russia's imperial city, his years at the Main Engineering Academy, and the death of his father. The third part, "Darkness before Dawn," deals with the writer's youthful struggles and strivings, culminating in the success of his work, Poor Folk. This clear and comprehensive portrait of one of the world's greatest writers will appeal to students, teachers, and scholars of Dostoevsky's early life, as well as general readers interested in Dostoevsky, literature, and history.
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|Publisher:||Cornell University Press|
|Series:||NIU Series in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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Table of Contents
Part 1 All in the Family 19
Part 2 To Petersburg 65
Part 3 Darkness before Dawn 133
Directory of Prominent Names 227
Source Notes 269
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"This impressive collection of translated primary sources represents a significant contribution to the wide audience of admirers (and no small audience of detractors) of Dostoevsky. It will be especially helpful to those who do not know the Russian language and hence lack access to many of the memoirs."
"Thomas Gaiton Marullo has produced a unique and much-needed biography of Dostoevsky in his early years. By providing his readers with a wealth of primary texts, Marullo shows rather than tells Dostoevsky's life, and the result is an engrossing and informative reading experience, a work rich in detail which allows for the reader to be more active in piecing together the writer's biography, and thus to be more deeply affected by it."