Literature

Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time

Paperback

Price:
$32.50 / £28.00
ISBN:
Published:
08/26/2012
Copyright:
2009
Pages:
984
Size:
6 x 9.25 in.
Illus:
31 halftones.
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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.


Awards and Recognition

  • Co-Winner of the Etkind Prize, European University at St. Petersburg
  • Awards for Frank's Dostoevsky Volumes: National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography 1984 - Los Angeles Times Book Prize - 2 James Russell Lowell Prizes - 2 Christian Gauss Awards