Collection . Author Biography
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821 –
was born to a form military surgeon and alcoholic; his mother
died of tuberculosis in 1837 and his father two years later.
As a child Dostoevsky spent time in one of Moscow’s
hospitals for the poor, and would spend time with the patients
out in the hospital garden.
Dostoevsky himself suffered
from epilepsy, which recurred every now and then throughout
his lifetime. After studying at the Engineering Academy in
was made a lieutenant in 1842, but left two years later. His
first publish work came in 1845 in a novel called Poor Folk,
and at the age of 24, Dostoevsky was already establishing
a name for himself.
In 1849, Fyodor was arrested
for being part of the Petrashevsky Circle
– a group of liberal thinkers, and was sentenced to
death. In the end he met with only a mock execution, but was
sent to a prison camp in Siberia and suffered terrible cold
and filth in claustrophobic barracks. He was released in 1854
and was made to serve in the Siberian Regiment, rising to
the rank of lieutenant, and meeting his future wife, Maria
In 1859 Fyodor Dostoevsky
returned to St. Petersburg. His wife died in 1864, followed
shortly by his brother, and with financial problems, he sank
into depression, and became a compulsive gambler.
Dostoevsky died in 1881 from a lung hemorrhage.
Literary Classics contains 560 authors, and
thousands of unabridged books.
The Fyodor Dostoevsky unabridged classic
books, included on the Literary Classics CD are:
- THE IDIOT
- NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND