Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881) received recognition as a Russian short story and book writer. Dostoevsky also took part in journalism, philosophy, and essay writing. He aimed to discover the human psychology environment, social-political and spiritual dynamics of 19th century Russia. Some of his most popular works include The Brothers Karamazov (1880), The Idiot (1869), Demons (1872) and Crime and Punishment (1866). Born in Moscow in 1821, Dostoevsky started his exposure to literature at a young age. He used to read mythical stories and many Russian and foreign books.
He left school to join the Nikolayev Military Engineering Institute at 15. This happened after his mother’s death. He graduated as an engineer and translated books to earn an additional income. During the 1840s he published his first book named the Poor Folk (1846) and gained admittance into the St. Petersburg literary environment. Some of Dostoevsky’s influencers included a wide variety of philosophers, for example, Plato, Augustine, Kant, Hegel, and others. His works inspired many other Russian based authors, for example, Anton Chekhov and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. He also motivated popular philosophers, for example, Jean-Paul Sartre and Friedrich Nietzsche.
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