Poor Folk And Other Stories

Paperback | April 4, 1989

byFyodor DostoyevskyTranslated byDavid McduffIntroduction byDavid Mcduff

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With their penetrating psychological insight and their emphasis on human dignity, respect and forgiveness, Dostoyevsky's early short stories contain the seeds of the themes that came to his major novels. Poor Folk, the author's first great literary triumph, is the story of a tragic relationship between an impoverished copy clerk and a young seamstress, told through their passionate letters to each other. In The Landlady Dostoyevsky portrays a dreamer hero who is captivated by a curious couple and becomes their lodger. Mr Prokharchin, inspired by a true story, is a sly comedy centring on an eccentric miser, and Polzunkov is a powerful character sketch which, in common with the other tales in this volume, questions the very nature of existence.

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 As a great triumph in fiction, Poor Folk is the story of an impoverished love affair told through letters between a copy clerk and the young girl who lives opposite him. Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s sentimental experiments in fiction cover a wide range of breadth and depth. Poor Folk and Other Stories is a firm representation of his literary ...

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With their penetrating psychological insight and their emphasis on human dignity, respect and forgiveness, Dostoyevsky's early short stories contain the seeds of the themes that came to his major novels. Poor Folk, the author's first great literary triumph, is the story of a tragic relationship between an impoverished copy clerk and a ...

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Dostoyevsky’s first great literary triumph, the novella Poor Folk is presented here, along with “The Landlady,” “Mr. Prokharchin,” and “Polzunkov.”

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow in 1821, the 2nd of 7 children. From 1849 to 1854 he lived in a convict prison, and in later years his passion for gambling led him deeply into debt. In 1880 he delivered his famous address at theunveiling of Pushkin's memorial in Moscow; he died six months later in 1881. David McDuf...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.7 inPublished:April 4, 1989Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140445056

ISBN - 13:9780140445053

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

Poor Folk and Other StoriesIntroduction
Note on the Text
Poor Folk
The Landlady
Mr. Prokharchin
Polzunkov
Notes

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 As a great triumph in fiction, Poor Folk is the story of an impoverished love affair told through letters between a copy clerk and the young girl who lives opposite him. Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s sentimental experiments in fiction cover a wide range of breadth and depth. Poor Folk and Other Stories is a firm representation of his literary genius, in a contrast of novel ideas and observed fact. Other works in this collection include The Landlady, a memorable portrayal of a dreamer hero forced to evacuate his lodgings, and Mr. Prokharchin, an inspirational comedy whose plot was lifted from a stranger-than-fiction newspaper article.