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Fyodor Dostoevsky: In the Beginning (1821–1845)
A Life in Letters, Memoirs, and Criticism
Thomas Gaiton Marullo
“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.” —Irwin Weil, author of From the Cincinnati Reds to the Moscow Reds
"Young Dostoevsky emerges from these pages as a complex individual, similar to the most fascinating and captivating characters of his mature fiction—embracing contradictions, reconciling conflicts, and resisting definitions. . . . Any Dostoevsky admirer, whether a reader or a scholar, will find the book to be a valuable addition to extant Dostoevsky scholarship." —The Russian Review
More than a century after his death in 1881, Fyodor Dostoevsky continues to fascinate readers and reviewers. Countless studies of his writing have been published—more than a dozen in the past few years alone. In this important new work, Thomas Marullo provides a diary-portrait of Dostoevsky’s early years drawn from the letters, memoirs, and criticism of the writer, as well as from the testimony and witness of family and friends, readers and reviewers, and observers and participants in his life.
November 2016, 370 pp., 6x9
Thomas Gaiton Marullo is professor of Russian and Russian literature at the University of Notre Dame. His publications include Heroine Abuse: Dostoevsky’s Netochka Nezvanova and the Poetics of Codependency (NIU Press, 2015).
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