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Fyodor Dostoyevsky: A Writer's Life Book Review Summary

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Dostoyevsky was born in 1821. In 1839 his father was murdered by his serfs because of his cruelty. By this time Dostoyevsky had moved to St. Petersburg with his brother and entered military engineering school. In 1842 he was commissioned a second lieutenant. Two years later he left the military and began writing “The Poor Folk.”

He became active in political dissent and was arrested in 1849 for his part in a conspiracy against the government. He was sentenced to death, but was reprieved at the last minute and sent as a convict to Siberia where he spent four years.

He married Maria Isaeva in 1857 and two years later was allowed to return to St. Petersburg and resume his writing. He spent many of his later years abroad writing and editing. His wife died in 1864, and he died in1881.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1800's

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   Russian

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Russian Misc setting    -   prison Century:    -   1900-1920's

Writing Style

If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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