Lectures on Dostoevsky

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5.8 X 8.6 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Joseph Frank was professor emeritus of Slavic and comparative literature at Stanford and Princeton. The five volumes of his Dostoevsky biography won a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, two James Russell Lowell Prizes, and two Christian Gauss Awards, and have been translated into numerous languages. Marina Brodskaya is a translator who worked with Joseph Frank while teaching at Stanford. Her translations include Five Plays by Chekhov. Marguerite Frank, a published mathematician who holds a PhD from Harvard, was married to Joseph Frank from 1953 until his death. Robin Feuer Miller is the Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities and professor of Russian and comparative literature at Brandeis University


"Remarkably informative and clear, this book presents the results of Joseph Frank's decades-long research on Dostoevsky's writings in a condensed and accessible form. Even complex philosophical issues are addressed in a manner that is lucid but not oversimplified."--Barry Scherr, Dartmouth College
"These posthumously published Lectures on Dostoevsky are a new distillation of Joseph Frank's lifetime of work devoted to the Russian writer, and in a new form. The lectures are almost informal talks, in which we hear the living voice and passionate involvement of the man as he speaks both about and with Dostoevsky."--Richard Pevear, prize-winning translator, with Larissa Volokhonsky, of Crime and Punishment
"Lucid and closely argued, Joseph Frank's lectures, with their erudite exposition of the intellectual and cultural background to Dostoevsky's great novels, are a masterclass in literary interpretation. A timely reminder of Frank's unparalleled contribution to Dostoevsky studies, and an excellent companion to his seminal biography, these lectures are essential reading for all Dostoevsky scholars and students."--Sarah Young, University College London
"Joseph Frank's five-volume critical biography of Dostoevsky is the best such study in any language. The present book, Lectures on Dostoevsky, captures for those who did not know Frank, the teacher and interlocutor: immensely learned, passionate about literature, witty when appropriate, unfailingly direct, and unpretentious. With incisive critical comments, elegant analyses, and deft contextualizations, this work provides not only a superb introduction to Dostoevsky's genius, but also a distillation of what made Frank one of his century's most accomplished scholar-critics."--William Mills Todd III, Harvard University