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List of Illustrations ix Preface xi Transliteration and Texts xv PART I: A NEW BEGINNING Chapter 1: Introduction 3 Chapter 2: A Quiet Return 14 Chapter 3: Grazhdanin: The Citizen 38 Chapter 4: Narodnichestvo: Russian Populism 65 Chapter 5: The Diary of a Writer, 1873: I 87 Chapter 6: The Diary of a Writer, 1873: II 103 Chapter 7: At Bad Ems 120 Chapter 8: A Literary Proletarian 130 Chapter 9: Notes for A Raw Youth 149 Chapter 10: A Raw Youth: Dostoevsky's Trojan Horse 171 PART II: A PERSONAL PERIODICAL Chapter 11: A New Venture 199 Chapter 12: A Public Figure 215 Chapter 13: Intimations of Mortality 235 Chapter 14: The Diary of a Writer, 1876-1877 254 Chapter 15: Toward The Brothers Karamazov 282 Chapter 16: The Jewish Question 301 Chapter 17: Turgenev, Tolstoy ,and Others 320 Chapter 18: Stories and Sketches 338 PART III: "WITH WORDS TO SEAR THE HEARTS OF MEN" Chapter 19: Resurrection and Rebellion 361 Chapter 20: Man in the Middle 377 Chapter 21: A New Novel--and a Feuilleton 390 Chapter 22: The Great Debate 407 Chapter 23: Rebellion and the Grand Inquisitor 426 Chapter 24: A Last Visit 443 Chapter 25: An Impatient Reader 460 Chapter 26: Terror and Martial Law 475 Chapter 27: The Pushkin Festival 497 Chapter 28: Pushkin: Two Readings 514 Chapter 29: The Diary of a Writer, 1880 533 Chapter 30: Controversies and Conclusions 548 PART IV: THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV Chapter 31: The Brothers Karamazov: Books 1-2 567 Chapter 32: The Brothers Karamazov: Books 3-4 588 Chapter 33: The Brothers Karamazov: Book 5 600 Chapter 34: The Brothers Karamazov: Book 6 621 Chapter 35: The Brothers Karamazov: Book 7 636 Chapter 36: The Brothers Karamazov: Books 8-9 646 Chapter 37: The Brothers Karamazov: Books 10-11 662 Chapter 38: The Brothers Karamazov: Book 12 684 PART V: DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION Chapter 39: Notes for a Phantom Future 707 Chapter 40: A National Symbol 722 Chapter 41: Finale 740 Notes 757 Index 775

About the Author

Joseph Frank is Professor of Comparative Literature Emeritus at Princeton University and Professor of Comparative Literature and Slavic Languages and Literature Emeritus at Stanford University. Previous volumes of Dostoevsky have received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, two Christian Gauss Awards, two James Russell Lowell Awards of the Modern Language Association, a "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize, and other honors. In addition to the previous volumes of Dostoevsky, Frank is the author of "Through the Russian Prism: Essays on Literature and Culture" (Princeton), "The Widening Gyre", and "The Idea of Spatial Form".


These two works add immensely to our understanding of Dostoevsky, though they have quite different purposes: Frank completes his monumental biography of Dostoevsky, while Scanlan examines the Russian writer's philosophical thought. Scanlan (emeritus, philosophy, Ohio State Univ.) argues that while much has been said about Dostoevsky as a writer, he has rarely been treated as a philosopher. Yet through his writings, he explored a variety of philosophical issues, primarily concerning the nature of humankind. Scanlan studies Dostoevsky's nationalism, opposition to rational egotism, and beliefs about our eternal souls, moral agency, and aesthetic needs. Of course, Dostoevsky's philosophy was framed within a Christian worldview, and Scanlan does excellent work discussing Dostoevsky's ideas in terms of his religious faith. Readers wanting to learn more about the thought of one of Russia's great writers will find this work essential. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Co-Winner of the 2006 Etkind Prize, Best Book by a Western Scholar on Russian Literature/Culture, European University at St. Petersburg One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2002 "Frank's work is ... unrivaled in what it sets out to do and in the remarkable degree to which it succeeds in doing it. It is unquestionably the fullest, most nuanced and evenhanded--not to mention the most informative--account of its subject in any language, and it has significantly changed our understanding of both the man and his work."--Donald Fanger, Los Angeles Times "A monumental achievement... This is not a literary biography in the usual sense of the term... It is, rather, an exhaustive history of Dostoyevsky's mind, an encyclopedic account of the author as major novelist and thinker, essayist and editor, journalist and polemicist... Wrought with tireless love and boundless ingenuity, it ... [is] a multifaceted tribute from an erudite and penetrating cultural critic to one of the great masters of 19th century fiction."--Michael Scammell, The New York Times Book Review "[Frank] has created a dramatic unity out of Dostoevsky's chaotic life and art... [His] work will surely remain the classic study of Dostoevsky the anti-utopian humanist."--Aileen Kelly, New York Review of Books "Everything about this ambitious enterprise is splendid--its intellectual seriousness, its command of the Russian setting and sources, its modesty of tone, its warm feeling... Frank is clearly on the way toward composing one of the great literary biographies of the age."--Irving Howe, New York Times Book Review "In his aim of elucidating the setting within which Dostoevsky wrote--personal on the one hand, social, historical, cultural, literary, and philosophical on the other--Frank has succeeded triumphantly."--J. M. Coetzee, New York Review of Books "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."--Rene 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

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