Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Pages: 805 pages
Published: July 20th 1997
This is the first paperback edition of the complete collection of writings that has been called Dostoevsky's boldest experiment with literary form; 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 editor, publisher, and sole contributor, suspending work on The Brothers Karamazov in order to do so.
The Diary's radical format was matched by the extreme range of its contents. In a single frame A Writer's Diary was to combine 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.
Volume I begins with an extensive study by Gary Saul Morson, which provides a fascinating context for the work's form and content.