Russian author Fyodor
Mikhailovich Dostoevsky was born October 30, 1821 in the Hospital
for the Poor, the second of seven children.
In 1821 Dostoevsky went off to boarding school in Moscow and after
the death of his mother in 1837, attended preparatory school in
St. Petersburg. In 1838, he was admitted to the St. Petersburg
Academy of Military Engineers from which he graduated as lieutenant
in 1843, taking a job in the military department.
Such work gave Fyodor no satisfaction, and it was during his employment
with the military department that he came to a profound realization;
he wanted to write.
He began in 1843 doing translations and during this period began
his first novel, Poor Folk, which was published in 1846.
By the time of his arrest (Fyodor was associated with utopian
socialist M. V. Butashevich-Petrashevsky, it was this association
that found him in prison) in 1849, Dostoevsky had published a
number of other novels.
By 1857, circumstance for Dostoevsky were taking a turn for the
better. On February sixth of that year, he married Maria Dmitrievna
Isaeva and was returned his rights of a nobleman shortly hereafter.
The family enjoyed a relative prosperity for the next seven years,
however, this prosperity found an end.
The death of both his brother and wife in 1864 left Fyodor in
dire financial straits due to debts left him by his brother. While
working against a deadline on a contract and falling far behind,