Imaginary Dostoyevsky «The House of the Dead» and American Prison Literature

Ilya Vinitsky
This essay focuses on the origins and mythologization of one of the most famous quotes which has been attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky in the United States starting from the late 1960s. It has been cited, very often as an epigraph or a closing remark, by numerous American activists, lawyers, senators, judges, writers, journalists, and scholars (but tellingly, not by Dostoevsky experts). Borrowed, as it is believed, from Dostoevsky’s semi-autobiographical prison novel Notes from the Dead...
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