Dostoevsky Portrayed by his Wife: The Diary and Reminiscences of Mme. Dostoevsky

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Pickle Partners Publishing, Jul 11, 2017 - History - 198 pages
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (11 November 1821 - 9 February 1881) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Dostoevsky’s literary works explored human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th-century Russia, and engaged with a variety of philosophical and religious themes. He became one of the most widely read and highly regarded Russian writers. His writings were widely read both within and beyond his native Russia and influenced an equally great number of later writers, including Russians like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Anton Chekhov, as well as philosophers such as Friedrich Nietzsche and Jean-Paul Sartre.

This book, first published in its present form in 1926, contains portions of the Diary of Dostoevsky’s second wife, Anna Dostoevsky, the rough notes of her Reminiscences, and copies of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s letters to her from 1866 to 1881. All of these, in her own handwriting, were found in August 1922 and delivered by the representative of the Commissar of Education in Georgia (in the Caucasus) to the directors of the Moscow Archives, and serve to provide a clear portrait of Dostoevsky’s wife during the last fourteen years of his life.

“Mme. Dostoevsky, with her practical mind, abounding energy, indomitable will and capacity for seeing things through when once a decision was made, is here revealed as the true complement of Dostoevsky, who was rather incompetent in practical affairs.”—Prefatory Note

The book is also beautifully illustrated with 4 full-page plates.

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ANNA GREGOREVNA DOSTOEVSKY (12 September 1846 - 9 June 1918) was a Russian memoirist, stenographer, assistant, and the second wife of Fyodor Dostoyevsky (since 1867). She was also one of the first female philatelists in Russia.

She was born Anna Snitkina in St. Petersburg in 1846 to Maria Anna and Grigory Ivanovich Snitkin. She graduated academic high school summa cum laude and subsequently trained as a stenographer. In October 1866 she began working as a stenographer on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel The Gambler, and he proposed to her a month later. They were married in February 1867 and went abroad from 1868-1871. Shortly before their departure, two of Dostoyevsky’s creditors filed charges against him, having lost all of his money playing roulette. Anna took over all finance issues, including publishing business matters and negotiations, and soon liberated her husband from debt. In 1871, Dostoyevsky gave up gambling.

Anna never remarried following her husband’s death in 1881. She went on to collect his manuscripts, letters, documents and photographs and, in 1906, she created a room dedicated to Fyodor Dostoyevsky in the State Historical Museum. Her stamp collection was established in 1867 in Dresden. She died in Yalta in 1918, aged 71.

SAMUEL SOLOMONOVICH KOTELIANSKY (February 28, 1880 - January 21, 1955) was a Russian-born British translator. He made the transition from his origins in a small Jewish shtetl to distinction in the rarefied world of English letters. Although he was not a creative writer himself, he befriended, corresponded with, helped publish, and otherwise served as intermediary between some of the most prominent people in English literary life in the early twentieth century.

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