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You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: Crime and Punishment Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky Release Date: March 28, 2006 [EBook #2554] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK CRIME AND PUNISHMENT *** Produced by John Bickers; and Dagny CRIME AND PUNISHMENT By Fyodor Dostoevsky Translated By Constance Garnett TRANSLATOR’S PREFACE A few words about Dostoevsky himself may help the English reader to understand his work. Dostoevsky was the son of a doctor.
His parents were very hard-working and deeply religious people, but so poor that they lived with their five children in only two rooms.
The father and mother spent their evenings in reading aloud to their children, generally from books of a serious character. Though always sickly and delicate Dostoevsky came out third in the final examination of the Petersburg school of Engineering.
There he had already begun his first work, -Poor Folk.- This story was published by the poet Nekrassov in his review and was received with acclamations.
The shy, unknown youth found himself instantly something of a celebrity.
A brilliant and successful career seemed to open before him, but those hopes were soon dashed.
In 1849 he was arrested. Though neither by temperament nor conviction a revolutionist, Dostoevsky was one of a little group of young men who met together to read Fourier and Proudhon.
He was accused of -taking part in conversations against the censorship, of reading a letter from Byelinsky to Gogol, and of knowing of the intention to set up a printing press.- Under Nicholas I.
(that -stern and just man,- as Maurice Baring calls him) this was enough, and he w...

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