Dostoevsky by Joseph Frank

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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.

 

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Joseph Frank is the author of an award-winning multivolume biography of Dostoevsky.
 
Published October 19, 2009 by Princeton University Press. 984 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Now in a single volume, an epic literary biography of the author of 'Crime and Punishment'

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Ardis, 249 pp., $3.95 (paper) .

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