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By Peter Kaye

while Constance Garnett's translations (1910–1920) made Dostoevsky's novels obtainable in England for the 1st time they brought a disruptive and freeing literary strength, and English novelists needed to confront a brand new version and rival. The writers who're the point of interest of this examine - Lawrence, Woolf, Bennett, Conrad, Forster, Galsworthy and James - both favourite or feared Dostoevsky as a monster who may perhaps dissolve all literary and cultural differences. even though their responses differed enormously, those writers have been unanimous of their lack of ability to acknowledge Dostoevsky as a literary artist. They considered him in its place as a psychologist, a mystic, a prophet and, within the situations of Lawrence and Conrad, a hated rival who forced artistic reaction. This research constructs a map of English modernist novelists' misreadings of Dostoevsky, and in so doing it illuminates their aesthetic and cultural values and the character of the fashionable English novel.

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