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."
A Writer's Diary
Northwestern University Press