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Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 – 1881)  Illustration: A Th. Dostoiewski (1895) by Félix Vallotton
Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 – 1881)
Illustration: A Th. Dostoiewski (1895) by Félix Vallotton

"I am a sick man. ... I am a spiteful man." --incipit to Notes from Underground (1864) by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Tolstoy or Dostoevsky (1960) by George Steiner

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Fyodor Dostoevsky (November 11, 1821 – February 9, 1881) was a Russian writer. His works have had a profound and lasting effect on twentieth-century literature.

Dostoevsky often portrayed characters living in poor conditions with equally disparate and troubled states of mind. This allowed him to explore human psychology in the political, social and spiritual context of 19th Century Russian society. Some scholars consider him the founder of existentialism. Philosopher Walter Kaufmann called Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground "best overture for existentialism ever written."



Novels and novellas

Short stories

Essay collections


Personal letters

  • (1912) Letters of Fyodor Michailovitch Dostoevsky to His Family and Friends by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (Author), translator Ethel Colburn Mayne Kessinger Publishing, LLC (May 26, 2006) Template:ISBN

Posthumously published notebooks

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