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Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Resources

by Derek C. Maus
State University of New York
Potsdam, New York

Resources

E-Texts
Web Sites
Films
Electronic Discussion Groups

E-Texts
Although all of Dostoevsky's work is in the public domain in the original Russian, this is only true of some of the earlier translations into English. Therefore, the versions available in electronic form may not necessarily be the definitive ones for a given work.

The Double
Dostoevsky's second novel, a fantastic tale about a doppelganger. (1846)
The Double

The Insulted and the Injured
Somewhat melodramatic novel published not long after Dostoevsky's return from internal exile. (1861)
The Insulted and the Injured

Notes from Underground
Philosophical novel often associated with existentialism. (1864)
Notes from Underground

The Crocodile
Satirical work outlining Dostoevsky's opposition to socialism. (1865)
The Crocodile

Crime and Punishment
The novel considered by many to be Dostoevsky's masterpiece. (1866)
Crime and Punishment

"Bobok"
Short story from the latter stages of Dostoevsky's career. (1873)
  "Bobok"

"A Gentle Spirit: A Fantastic Story"
Short story, also translated as "A Gentle Creature." (1876)
  "A Gentle Spirit: A Fantastic Story"

"The Peasant Marey"
Short story taken from Dostoevsky's Diary of a Writer. (1876)
  "The Peasant Marey"

"The Dream of a Ridiculous Man"
The last short story published while Dostoevsky was alive. (1877)
  "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man"

The Brothers Karamazov
Dostoevsky's last great novel. (1879-80
  The Brothers Karamazov

"The Little Orphan"
Posthumously published short story. (1887)
  "The Little Orphan"

Web Sites
Dostoevsky Research Station
Far and away the best site on Dostoevsky available on the Web. Not only does it contain a comprehensive and well-organized list of links to almost every site on Dostoevsky on the Web, but it also features a lengthy and annotated bibliography of secondary works, purchasing information for Dostoevsky's works, biographical detail, and a link to sign up for an e-mail discussion list (see below).
  Dostoevsky Research Station

An Excursion Through St. Petersburg
A pictorial overview -- including photographs and details of paintings -- of several historic buildings, places, and monuments in St. Petersburg, the city that is the setting for many of Dostoevsky's most famous works, including Crime and Punishment.
  An Excursion Through St. Petersburg

Middlebury College Student Papers Page
A collection of introductory college-level papers on Dostoevsky, ranging from close readings of individual works to general studies of the author in the context of psychology or anti-Semitism. Excellent source for teaching ideas.
  Middlebury College Student Papers Page

Memorable Quotes of Fyodor Dostoevsky
A list of brief quotes from some of Dostoevsky's most notable works, arranged according to the works from which they came.
  Memorable Quotes of Fyodor Dostoevsky

Dostoevsky Campfire Chat
Web-based message board that features a steady flow of posts about Dostoevsky's work. Postings generally focus on the most popular works but occasionally branch out to some of the lesser-known ones.
  Dostoevsky Campfire Chat

Films
Great Russian Writers: Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Brief (30 minutes) but informative biography of Dostoevsky. Originally produced in Russian but dubbed into English. Includes contemporary images of a number of sites appearing in Dostoevsky's works.

The Brothers Karamazov, directed by Richard Brooks and starring Yul Brynner as Dmitri Karamazov, 1958.
Although no film version could hope to reproduce the novel, this 145-minute version does present a good point of entry for teachers who cannot devote the amount of time needed to plow through this gigantic novel. This film also marked William Shatner's debut, playing the young ascetic Alyosha Karamazov, of all people.

Electronic Discussion Groups
Yahoo! Groups Dostoevsky Discussion Group
With an interface that allows you to read and post messages either on the Web or via e-mail (or both, depending on whether you register or not), this group is one of the most active Dostoevsky discussion groups available. The discussion is occasionally free-ranging, though, often with only tangential references to Dostoevsky himself or his works. However, several discussion threads are ongoing at any given time, allowing members to focus on whatever aspect of Dostoevsky's life/work/influence/etc. that they wish.
  Yahoo! Groups Dostoevsky Discussion Group






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