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Dostoevsky in 1863, by an Unknown Artist, 1863

Dostoevsky in 1863, by an Unknown Artist, 1863.

In this photograph by an unknown artist, we see Dostoevsky in 1863, when he would have been 42 years old. Unlike most of the writers on the Literature-Humanities syllabus, Dostoevsky lived in an era close to our own, and his life and times are relatively well documented. How does that affect our reading of his work? Does Dostoevsky the persona cast a shadow as long as that of his texts?


This image by an unknown artist is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.

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