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Crime and Punishment

This novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky was published in 1866 asPrestupleniye i nakazaniye. Dostoevsky's first masterpiece, the novel is a psychological analysis of the poor student Raskolnikov, whose theory that humanitarian ends justify evil means leads him to murder a St. Petersburg pawnbroker. The act produces nightmarish guilt in Raskolnikov. The narrative's feverish, compelling tone follows the twists and turns of Raskolnikov's emotions and elaborates his struggle with his conscience and his mounting sense of horror as he wanders the city's hot, crowded streets. In prison, Raskolnikov comes to the realization that happiness cannot be achieved by a reasoned plan of existence but must be earned by suffering. The novel's depiction of the recovery of a man's diseased spirit through Christianity mirrors many events in Dostoevsky's own life.

The Norton Critical Edition of the book used in the Scholars at Wright lecture series contains maps of St. Petersburg contemporary with the story, excerpts from Dostoevsky's notes and letters regarding the book, as well as essays of interpretation and criticism.


Check back here for a synopsis of the four lectures regarding Crime and Punishment,
and links to each lecturing professor's Curriculum Vitae.


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