The Rice Institute Pamphlet Volume 4

The Rice Institute Pamphlet Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...not to show it to his son." "Poor Folk" is clearly the soul-revealing maiden effort of a man who possessed more than any other modern novelist the capacity for infinite pity. There is no indignation in "Poor Folk," there is no abnormal psychology, no panacea. It is as clear an echo from the depths of humble life as is to be heard in all Dostoyevsky. The young writer has chosen his field: let others write of kings and principalities; his song will be the piteous wail of suffering humanity. "One would have but to see what is passing within those great, black, grimy houses of the capital and to penetrate within their walls for one at once to realize what good reason there is for self-depreciation and heart-searching.... Let us look at what is passing within those houses. In some dingy corner, perhaps, in some damp kennel which is supposed to be a room, an artisan has just awakened from sleep...." Here is promise of Dostoyevsky's later works. Needless to say, "Poor Folk" was a brilliant success. The magazines were now open to the author and he published much. He could not duplicate his first success; perhaps he wrote too fast; and if he did, perhaps it was from necessity, for while there was no lack of fame, the poor writer found fame alone an insufficient diet. He was wretchedly paid; he lacked literally the necessities of life. Besides, he was the sort of man who is ordinarily called shiftless--unless he is a genius, in which case he is styled an idealist. Without any faculty for the practical affairs of life, Dostoyevsky was the easiest person in the world to cheat or defraud and repeatedly lost in foolish ventures what little money he had. A reckless dreamer, he became interested in the...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236974182
  • 9781236974181