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Holquist, Michael. Dostoevsky and the Novel. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1977. Detailed readings of several works, including Letters from the Underworld. An introductory text contains information on Dostoevski’s Russia.

Jackson, Robert Louis. The Art of Dostoevsky: Deliriums and Nocturnes. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1981. An authority on Dostoevski examines the novels written in Dostoevski’s last twenty years. Links the themes of these most important novels and considers Letters from the Underworld.

Jones, Malcolm V. Dostoyevsky: The Novel of Discord. London: Elek Books Limited, 1976. Gives an overview of the complexity, chaos, and discord that are to be expected in Dostoevski. Extended section on Letters from the Underworld, and concludes with extensive notes. A serious study of Dostoevski.

Leatherbarrow, William J. Fedor Dostoevsky. Boston: Twayne, 1981. Includes a biographical sketch and chronology of Dostoevski. Has commentary on Letters from the Underworld (also known as Notes from Underground) and his four major novels. Extended bibliography and an index.

Mackiewicz, Stanislaw. Dostoyevsky. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1947. Good companion to other, more critical evaluations of Dostoevski. Examines the women characters of the novels with relevance to the loves of Dostoevski’s life.


Notes from the Underground Fyodor Dostoevsky