Sunday, July 5, 2009


They published his novel, The Insulted and Insulted and Injured (1861), his disguised prison reminiscences; The House of the Dead (1862); and two powerful tales, an unpleasant Predicament (1862) and Note from the Underground (1864). These works helped establish his importance as a novelist, and he even toured Western Europe.

His wife died in 1864, and the magazine that was under Dostoevski’s management failed. He assumed all the debts incurred and also undertook to support his deceased brother’s family and his own stepson. In 1867, he married the stenographer whom he had employed in order to meet a deadline.

In 1866, he published two novels, The Gambler and Crime and Punishment. The latter was the first of the great works of fiction that earned him a worldwide reputation.


Tense with passionate drama, built on complex plots in which crime plays a prominent part; his sprawling novels derive much of their incorporation of his ideas about ethics.

He was at work on a full-sized novel when, early in May 1849, he was arrested and subsequently brought to trial on the charge of having been involved in a subversive organization. Dostoevski was sentenced to four years hard labor in Siberia, and while there, he married the widow of a minor Siberian official.

When the couple was allowed to return to the capital, he took up his pen again, writing fiction and working for two short lived monthlies, published by his brother and edited by him.
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