Fyodor Dostoevski Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Fyodor Dostoevski Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Fyodor Dostoevski’s creative development is roughly divided into two stages. The shorter pieces, preceding his imprisonment, reflect native and foreign literary influences, although certain topics and stylistic innovations that became Dostoevski’s trademarks were already apparent. The young author was fascinated by Gogol’s humiliated St. Petersburg clerks and their squalid surroundings, teeming with marginal, grotesque individuals. These elements are so abundant in all of Dostoevski’s fiction that he labeled himself a disciple of Gogol. Traces of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s fantastic tales are evident in the young Dostoevski’s preference for gothic and Romantic melodrama. What distinguishes Dostoevski from those influences is...

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