Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time. Joseph Frank, Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time
Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time
Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time
Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time

Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009. First Edition. Hardcover. "Since the present volume is a condensation of the five that I have already published on the life and works of Dostoevsky, I should like to acquaint my new readers with the point of view from which they were written. My approach arose primarily from a troubling sense that the important aspects of Dostoevsky's work had been overlooked, or at least not accorded sufficient importance. The major perspective of these studies derived from his personal history, and this had been so spectacular that it was almost irresistible for biographers to recount its peripeties at length./ ... / The more I read Dostoevsky's novels and stories, however, not to mention his journalism, both literary and political (his 'Diary of a Writer' was the most widely circulated monthly publication ever published in Russian), the more it seemed to me that a conventional biographical point of view could not do justice to the complexities of his creations. / ... / It thus seemed to me, when I set out to write my own work on Dostoevsky, that its perspective should be shifted, and that the purely personal biography should no longer dominate the explanatory context in which he was creating. / ... / This is not to say that I ignore Dostoevsky's private life, but it remains linked to other aspects of his era that provide it with a much larger significance. Indeed, one way of defining Dostoevsky's originality is to see in it this ability to integrate the personal with the major social-political and cultural issues of his day." (from Preface, pg. xii-xiv). So writes Joseph Frank (1918-2013), the deeply respected biographer of Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) in the author's interest-piquing Preface to "Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time." As the previously quoted, fine-tuned prose of the Preface suggests, the present work is a masterful, gargantuan abridgment of Frank's five preceding works on Dostoevsky. Simply put, it is 'the' biography of Dostoevsky to get. No understanding of Dostoevsky is complete sans a thorough engagement with Frank's voluminous, definitive contributions to the scholarly literature. Hardcover in unclipped dust-jacket: the First Edition of this landmark biographical abridgment, with no reference to further editions; First Printing, as noted by number sequence on copyright page. Book in very fine condition with only slightest shelf-wear to fine-edges of front, back cover & spine. Dust-jacket also in very-fine condition with only minute-to-minor shelf-wear at fine-edges & select corners of same. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4852]

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