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Notes from Underground Lesson Plan

About the Author

Fyodor Dostoevsky was born in 1821 in Moscow, Russia and died in 1881 in St. Petersburg. He was a Russian novelist who was known for his work’s dives into the darkest parts of human nature. He is best known for four novels, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Possessed, and The Brothers Karamazov, and his novella, Notes from Underground. Each of these works builds on psychological theory and explores human nature. They are treated as “novels of ideas” because of their reliance on philosophy.

His work has been deeply influential on Western literature from a variety of countries. It has shaped not only literature but also philosophy, existentialism, psychology, and literary criticism....

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