This third volume of Joseph Frank's biography of Dostoevsky begins with the writer's return to St Petersburg after a ten-year exile. It descibes the intricate process of the novelist's self-definition and the reshaping of his social-political outlook under Alexander.
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: This third volume begins with the writer's return to St Petersburg, after a ten-year exile. Dostoevsky came back to the capital determined to re-establish his literary reputation to be accepted as a writer of the first rank. Spiritually transformed, he had also gained in physical vigour and self-assurance, despite the debilitating hardships of prison and army life. In this lucid study of five years, a period previously passed over rapidly, Professor Frank describes the intricate process of the novelist's self definition and the reshaping of his social-political outlook, in interaction with all the forces of the 'stir of liberation' under Alexander II.