Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821–1881)

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821–1881)

The collection is devoted to the 200th anniversary of Fyodor Dostoevsky, writer, publicist and thinker. Fyodor Dostoevsky's oeuvre became one of the highlights of Russian literature of the second half of the XIX century and had a tremendous impact on the world literary process.

The collection features digital copies of books, archival documents, graphic materials and videos.

The first magazine publications of Fyodor Dostoevsky's works are of particular value. The collection comprises novels Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Demons, The Brothers Karamazov, the novellas White Nights and The Eternal Husband, stories Mr Prokharchin, Novel in Nine Letters, Another Man's Wife and a Husband Under the Bed, Crocodile.

Also, the collection includes the writer's notebooks and journalistic materials published in the magazines edited by Dostoevsky:  Epoch (together with his brother Mikhail Dostoevsky) and A Writer's Diary.

The section On Fyodor Dostoevsky's life and work comprises biographical information. In particular, it contains the archival document The Case on the Request of Retired Second Lieutenant Fyodor Dostoevsky about his Travel Abroad, which contains correspondence regarding Dostoevsky's permission to travel to treatment. The section includes the memoirs of Anna Dostoevskaya, wife and companion of Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Andrei Dostoevsky, the writer's younger brother. Besides, it presents a book by Konstantin Pobedonostsev, the Ober-Procurator of the Holy Synod, with the commemorative inscription to Fyodor Dostoevsky on the title. Konstantin Pobedonostsev was a good friend of the writer.

Lectures by Konstantin Barsht, Doctor of Philology, Professor, Leading Researcher of the Pushkin House represents a comprehensive study of Dostoevsky's manuscripts. Numerous works of other authors also highlight various aspects of the writer's oeuvre.

The collection ends with a section devoted to the memory of Fyodor Dostoevsky. It contains obituaries telling about Dostoevsky's death, images of memorial sites and materials on the celebration of anniversaries. The annual Dostoevsky Day in St. Petersburg is one of the most significant modern events. It is a large-scale event, which engages museums, theatres, libraries and residents and guests of the city. The collection promotes photographs of this holiday of different years.

The collection involved materials from the Fundamental Library of the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, the National Library of Russia, the Russian State Library, the Moscow Regional State Scientific Library, the Zonal Scientific Library of the Ural Federal University, the Children's Postcards Museum, private collections and other sources.