Google full text of our books:


The Mantle of the Prophet, 1871-1881
Joseph Frank

Book Description | Table of Contents
Chapter 1 [HTML] or [PDF format]


"Concluding his magisterial literary and intellectual biography of Russia's great, contradictory writer, Frank traces his 11th-hour rise from ex-convict literary proletarian to conciliator between radicals and mainstream society."--Publishers Weekly

"By the early 1870s, when the final volume of Joseph Frank's magisterial biography begins, Dostoevsky was revered as a seer; his countrymen hung on his every word about Russia and her spiritual destiny. . . . [I]t is impossible not to warm to Dostoevsky in Frank's humane, searching, serious account."--Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times

"Magnificent. . . . A deeply absorbing account of [Dostoevsky's] last decade."--James Wood, New Republic

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

"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

"Like the life it chronicles, Frank's magisterial biography of Dostoevsky concludes in the radiance of rare achievement. . . . Frank surpasses even the brilliance of [his] earlier volumes in probing the literary genius. . . [and] amplifies Dostoevsky's singular contribution to world literature. . . . A landmark biography."--Booklist

"A fitting conclusion to the previous award-winning volumes, this final volume in Frank's biography is simply magnificent. A brilliant and necessary examination of the great Russian writer and Christian humanist."--Ron Ratliff, Library Journal

"Mr. Frank's biography makes us feel present at the creation of each of Dostoevsky's works. It clears up mysteries and allows us to sense even minor figures as fully realized people. The density of detail biographical, social, and historical along with the surefootedness and subtlety of Mr. Frank's analyses, make this five-volume study not only the finest book on Dostoevsky ever written, but also the best biography of a writer I have ever encountered."--Gary Saul Morson, New York Sun

"Frank carries us through the process by which Dostoyevsky surpassed Dickens and Balzac at turning jounalistic style and issues into overwhelming art. . . . [This] fifth and final volume of Joseph Frank's study of Dostoyevsky marks the end of a period in the growing up of American thought."--Robert L. Belknap, Washington Post

"For anyone seriously interested in Dostoevsky, Frank's magisterial work will be the place to go."--Sam Solecki, The Globe and Mail

"The richest of Frank's monumental work."--Rene Girard, The Weekly Standard

"Peerless is Frank's achievement in this five-volume life. Its clear depiction of Dostoevsky's epoch, its untendentiously critical synopses of the fiction, above all its respect for the artist himself, even when his hopes were fantastic and his fears ominously delusional, will be the despair of competitors for a hundred years."--Thomas L. Jeffers, Commentary

"In this volume, which takes on the last ten years of Dostoevsky's life, Joseph Frank concludes his magnificent biography, a lengthy project miraculously without longueurs. . . . [T]here is a strong and detailed narrative line in these books, and there are lucid accounts of the relation of Dostoevsky's life and work to the many complicated movements of social and political thought in 19th-century Russia."--Michael Wood, London Review of Books

"Truly an incomparable achievement."--Hudson Review

"Impeccably structured and immensely rich in historical and cultural detail, this work crowns a monumental undertaking."--Library Journal, "Best Books of 2002"

"The biographical emphasis of the volume falls on Dostoevsky's populism . . . and his growing popularity and renown in his last five years of his life. . . . [V]olume five of Frank's biography, like all the previous volumes, remains essential reading for anyone interested in Dostoevsky and his times."--Gary Rosenshield, The Russian Review

Return to Book Description

File created: 4/21/2017

Questions and comments to:
Princeton University Press

New Book E-mails
New In Print
PUP Blog
Princeton APPS
Sample Chapters
Princeton Legacy Library
Exam/Desk Copy
Recent Awards
Princeton Shorts
Freshman Reading
PUP Europe
About Us
Contact Us
PUP Home

Bookmark and Share