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The Idiot , by Fyodor Dostoevsky , is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics   series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics : New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.   Just two years after completing Crime and Punishment, which explored the mind of a murderer, Dostoevsky produced another masterpiece, The Idiot. This time the author portrays a truly beautiful soul--a character he found difficult to bring to life because, as he wrote, "beauty is the ideal, and neither my country, nor civilized Europe, know what that ideal of beauty is." The result was one of Dostoevsky's greatest characters--Prince Myshkin, a saintly, Christ-like, yet deeply human figure. The story begins when Myshkin arrives on Russian soil after a stay in a Swiss sanatorium. Scorned by St. Petersburg society as an idiot for his generosity and innocence, the prince finds himself at the center of a struggle between a rich, kept woman and a beautiful, virtuous girl, who both hope to win his affection. Unfortunately, Myshkin's very goodness seems to bring disaster to everyone he meets. The shocking denouement tragically reveals how, in a world obsessed with money, power, and sexual conquest, a sanatorium is the only place for a saint.   Joseph Frank is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Princeton University and Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Slavic Languages and Literature at Stanford University. He is the author of a five-volume study of Dostoevsky's life and work. The first four volumes received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, two Christian Gauss Awards, two James Russell Lowell Awards of the Modern Language Association, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and other honors. Frank is also the author of Through the Russian Prism: Essays on Literature and Culture, The Widening Gyre, and The Idea of Spatial Form. He also wrote the introduction to the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Dostoevsky's The House of the Dead and Poor Folk.

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Grouped Work ID9744addc-317f-bfa2-03a5-298aa77c83d8
Grouping Titleidiot
Grouping Authorfyodor dostoyevsky
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Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
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auth_author2Beyer, Thomas R.
Brailovsky, Anna.
Dietz, Norman.
Fishelson, David.
Garnett, C.
Garnett, Constance Black, 1862-1946.
Garnett, Constance, 1861-1946.
Martin, Eva M.
Martin, Eva.
McDuff, David, 1945-
Myers, Alan.
Pevear, Richard, 1943-
Sheen, Michael,
Sheen, Michael.
Todd, William Mills, 1944-
Vance, Simon.
Volokhonsky, Larissa.
Whitfield, Robert.
Yuffa, Elena.
authorDostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881.
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subject_facetAristocracy (Social class) -- Fiction
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, -- 1821-1881 -- Translations into English
Downloadable audio books
Electronic books
Historical fiction
Nobility -- Russia -- Fiction
Princes -- Russia -- Fiction
Russia (Federation) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction
Russia -- Fiction
Russia -- History -- Fiction
Russia -- Social conditions -- 1801-1917 -- Fiction
Russia -- Social conditions -- Fiction
Russia -- Social life and customs -- 1533-1917 -- Drama
Russia -- Social life and customs -- 1533-1917 -- Fiction
Russia -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction
title_displayThe Idiot
title_fullThe Idiot / Fyodor Dostoevsky ; translated and edited by Alan Myers ; with an introduction by William Leatherbarrow
The idiot / Fyodor Dostoevsky ; a new rendition by Anna Brailovsky, based on the Constance Garnett translation ; introduction by Joseph Frank
The idiot / Fyodor Dostoevsky ; translated by Constance Garnett ; revised by Elina Yuffa ; with an introduction by Joseph Frank ; notes by Elina Yuffa
The idiot / Fyodor Dostoevsky ; translated from the Russian by Eva M. Martin. -
The idiot / Fyodor Dostoevsky ; translated from the Russian by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky ; with an introduction by Richard Pevear
The idiot / Fyodor Dostoevsky ; translated with notes by David McDuff ; with an introduction by William Mills Todd, III
The idiot / Fyodor Mikhail Dostoyevsky
The idiot / [Fyodor Dostoyevsky] ; translated from Russian by C. Garnett
The idiot [electronic resource] / Fyodor Dostoevsky
The idiot [electronic resource] / Fyodor Mikhail Dostoyevsky
The idiot [electronic resource] Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881.
title_shortThe Idiot
topic_facetAristocracy (Social class)
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
Electronic books
Historical fiction
Social conditions
Social life and customs