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Dostoevskii reading Pushkin

January 19, 2012

When I think about Dostoevskii engaging with other Russian writers, I think of him polemicizing with Chernyshevskii in Notes from Underground, or caricaturing Turgenev in The Devils, or of his early stories about Petersburg clerks that were superficially like Gogol’s “The Overcoat.” I’m learning from Gary Rosenshield (and also Joseph Frank) that I should think more about Dostoevskii and Pushkin.

To warm up to the topic, here’s a trivia question: what works by Dostoevskii respond, according to Rosenshield, to Pushkin’s 1) “The Stationmaster,” 2) The Bronze Horseman, 3) The Covetous Knight, and 4) “The Queen of Spades”? Click through to page 2 for the answer.

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