This fifth and final volume of Joseph Frank’s justly celebrated literary and cultural biography of Dostoevsky renders with a rare intelligence and grace the last decade of the writer’s life, the years in which he wrote A Raw Youth, Diary of a Writer, and his crowning triumph: The Brothers Karammov. The writer’s death in St. Petersburg in January 1881 concludes this unparalleled literary biography - one truly worthy of Dostoevsky’s genius and of the remarkable time and place in which he lived.
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. The volumes of Dostcevsky 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. All five volumes are now available from Princeton.
‘A monumental achievement…. This is not literary biography in the usual sense of the term… It is, rather, an exhaustive history of Dostoevsky’s mind…. The result is a ... multifaceted tribute from an erudite and penetrating cultural critic to one of the great masters of nineteenth-century fiction’ - Michael Scammell, New York Times Book Review
‘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
‘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
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