From the creator of the definitive biography of Fyodor Dostoevsky, by no means-ahead of-printed lectures that supply an available advent to the Russian author’s top works

Joseph Frank (1918–2013) used to be in all probability an important Dostoevsky biographer, pupil, and critic of his time. His by no means-ahead of-printed Stanford lectures at the Russian novelist’s top works supply an unprecedented and available advent to a couple of literature’s biggest masterpieces. Offered right here for the primary time, those illuminating lectures start with an advent to Dostoevsky’s existence and literary affects and move directly to discover the breadth of his occupation―from Poor Folk, The Double, and The Area of the Dead to Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov. Written in a conversational taste that mixes literary research and cultural historical past, Lectures on Dostoevsky puts the novels and their key characters and scenes in a wealthy context. Bringing Joseph Frank’s unrivaled wisdom and figuring out of Dostoevsky’s existence and writings to a brand new era of readers, this outstanding guide will enchantment to someone looking for to be mindful Dostoevsky and his occasions.

The guide additionally contains Frank’s favourite assessment of his Dostoevsky biography, “Joseph Frank’s Dostoevsky” by means of David Foster Wallace, at first printed within the Village Voice.