A Writer’s Diary by Fyodor Dostoevsky. A writer’s journal written while he was writing Crime and Punishment. This version of the diary includes a section which was cut as well as some other passages that have previously been unavailable in English translation. An incomparable record of creative progress and artistic development, this is a rare glimpse into the inner life of perhaps the most enigmatic novelist of all time.
This exquisite book is the essential edition of The Diary of a Writer. It contains all the entries which formed the basis of the monthly serial that first appeared in 1877 and was published in book form in 1881, so assuming the form it has remained until now. A Writer’s Diary is a unique literary experiment in that it attempts to create a complete encyclopedia within one volume by combining fictional content with factual essays and autobiographical writings from Dostoevsky’s long career as a writer.
This is a complete collection of Dostoevsky’s Diary, the most personal and profound writing from the great Russian novelist’s life. In A Writer’s Diary we see his early writings, as well as his evolution into one of the greatest novelists of all time. We look at how he translated his own works and discover how he edited his novels, what it was like to be imprisoned in Siberia, and how he met his wife Anna Grigorovna.
A Writer’s Diary is a compilation of the essential entries from Dostoevsky’s complete Diary, which is his boldest experiment in literary form. Edited by Russian scholar Katharine Clerke, this abridged edition brings together all known sources to form a uniquely encyclopedic forum of fictional and nonfictional genres.
About A Writer’s Diary Book
The essential entries from Dostoevsky’s complete Diary, called his boldest experiment in literary form, are now available in this abridged edition; it is a uniquely encyclopedic forum of fictional and nonfictional genres. A Writer’s Diary began as a column in a literary journal, but by 1876 Dostoevsky was able to bring it out as a complete monthly publication with himself as an editor, publisher, and sole contributor, suspending work on The Brothers Karamazov to do so.
The Diary’s radical format was matched by the extreme range of its contents. In a single frame it incorporated an astonishing variety of material: short stories; humorous sketches; reports on sensational crimes; historical predictions; portraits of famous people; autobiographical pieces; and plans for stories, some of which were never written while others appeared later in the Diary itself. A range of authorial and narrative voices and stances and an elaborate scheme of allusions and cross-references preserve and present Dostoevsky’s conception of his work as a literary whole.
Selected from the two-volume set, this abridged edition of A Writer’s Diary appears in a single paperback volume, along with a new condensed introduction by editor Gary Saul Morson.