Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Born
in Moscow, Russian Federation
November 11, 1821

Died
February 09, 1881

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Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский), sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the human psyche had a profound influence on the 20th century novel.

Dostoyevsky was the second son of a former army doctor. He was educated at home and at a private school. Shortly after the death of his mother in 1837 he was sent to St. Petersburg, where he entered the Army Engineering College. Dostoyevsky's father died in 1839, most likely of apoplexy, but it was rumored that he was murdered by his own serfs. Dostoyevsky graduated as a military engineer, but resigned in 1844 to devote himself to writing. His first novel, Poor Folk app
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“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.”
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“To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.”
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Polls

August 2015 Old School Classic Poll

1818, Persuasion by Jane Austen, 249 pages
 
  38 votes, 26.8%

1899, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 195 pages
 
  23 votes, 16.2%

1759, Candide by Voltaire, 94 pages
 
  22 votes, 15.5%

1603, Othello by William Shakespeare, 314 pages
 
  13 votes, 9.2%

1867, The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 240 pages
 
  11 votes, 7.7%

 
  11 votes, 7.7%

1897, Liza of Lambeth by W. Somerset Maugham, 128 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.9%

1877, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, 245 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.9%

1839, The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal, 532 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.2%

1721, Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe, 339 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.8%

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