Journal Article

Dostoevsky and the English Novel: Dickens, John Cowper Powys and D. H. Lawrence

David Gervais

in The Cambridge Quarterly

Published on behalf of Cambridge Quarterly

Volume 35, issue 1, pages 49-71
Published in print January 2006 | ISSN: 0008-199X
Published online January 2006 | e-ISSN: 1471-6836 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/camqtly/bfj002
Dostoevsky and the English Novel: Dickens, John Cowper Powys and D. H. Lawrence

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Dostoevsky’s impact on the English novel is related to the strong influence of English fiction on his own work. He responded especially deeply to Dickens although, as in the case of Our Mutual Friend, he pressed his insights further than Dickens himself could in his own work. What may be called the psychological poetry of novels like The Possessed or The Brothers Karamazov is further defined in relation to later English novelists like John Cowper Powys and D. H. Lawrence. These writers regarded Dostoevsky in sharply different ways but both illustrate the degree to which, by their time, he had become an integral part of the English novelist’s heritage.

Journal Article.  10941 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Art ; Film ; Music

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