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Suicide as a Cultural Institution in Dostoevsky's Russia
Irina Paperno
Analyzing a variety of sources—medical reports, social treatises, legal codes, newspaper articles, fiction, private documents left by suicides—Irina Paperno describes the search for the meaning of suicide. Paperno focuses on Russia of the 1860s–1880s.

Tolstoy and the Genesis of "War and Peace"
Kathryn B. Feuer
"The best thing ever done on how Tolstoy wrote War and Peace. Feuer shows us an incredible complexity in terms of the creative process. You see the seams and joints in the novel."—Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University "In 1963, Kathryn B. Feuer...

The Mystery of Literary Structures
Leona Toker
"In each chapter Toker carefully reconstructs a novel for us—those are not mere plot summaries, but mature products of several re-readings—and proceeds to make her way through the novel's numerous patterns, images, themes and motifs in an attempt to...

What Is to Be Done?
Nikolai Chernyshevsky
"No work in modern literature, with the possible exception of Uncle Tom's Cabin, can compete with What Is to Be Done? in its effect on human lives and its power to make history."—Joseph Frank, The Southern Review

Who Is to Blame?
A Novel in Two Parts
Alexander Herzen
"Herzen's novel played a significant part in the intellectual ferment of the 1840s. It is an important book in social and moral terms, and wonderfully expressive of Herzen's personality."—Isaiah Berlin Alexander Herzen was one of the major figures in...

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