This book, first published in 1978, demonstrates how Dostoyevsky’s novels grew directly out of the pressures of their creator’s tormented experience and personality. Ronald Hingley draws upon important fresh source material, which includes the definitive Soviet edition of Dostoyevsky’s works with drafts and variants, Soviet research on the circumstances of his father’s death, and a newly deciphered section of the diary of his second wife, Anna. Hingley considers with his analysis all Dostoyevsky’s works, the ideas they contain, their varying artistic success, and their contemporary critical reception. He convincingly present’s Dostoyevsky’s genius at its most powerful when most on the attack.
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