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The Gambler Wife by Andrew D. Kaufman

The Gambler Wife

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The Gambler Wife by Andrew D. Kaufman
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Aug 31, 2021 | ISBN 9780525537144

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Advance praise for The Gambler Wife:

“A riveting tale—a true literary love story that defies and compels the imagination at once, brilliantly told by Andrew Kaufman . . . A fine and formidable book.” —Jay Parini, author of Borges and Me and The Last Station

“Dostoevsky called her ‘the little diamond,’ and Anna Snitkina was just that—at once brilliant and entrancing, yet rock-hard and indestructible. With her fierce intelligence and ambition, she was far more important, not only to the success of the great writer but to the literary life of Russia, than has previously been known. Andrew D. Kaufman’s captivating book restores Anna to her rightful place and opens a window onto a dizzyingly complex relationship that helped to give us some of the world’s greatest novels.” —Douglas Smith, author of The Russian Job and Rasputin

“With enlightening research and engaging prose, The Gambler Wife recounts the improbable and profoundly influential partnership that lay at the heart of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s literary enterprise: his relationship with Anna Snitkina. Hers is an inspiring, unexpectedly modern story of partnership, ambition, and achievement, and Andrew Kaufman tells it brilliantly.” —Caroline Weber, author of Proust’s Duchess

“With access to recently discovered sources, rich historical context, and deep psychological insight, Andrew Kaufman reveals Anna Dostoyevskaya as not only Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s wife but also his editor and inspiration, critic and enabler—an innovative publisher, pioneering feminist, and every bit as much a gambler as her husband. And The Gambler Wife, while rigorously grounded in the sources, itself reads like a Dostoevsky novel.” — William Mills Todd III, Professor of Literature Emeritus, Harvard University

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