Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Story of his Life

Basic Life Info

Born on November 11th, 1821 in Moscow, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Dahs-toy-yehv-skee) was raised in a hospital for the poor. He was described as hot-headed and pugnacious - despite his physical frailness. He died on February 9th, 1881 at the age of 59. He married Anna Snitkina and was the second child of 7


He was educated at home until 1833 and then he was sent to boarding school. In May 1836, Fyodor applied for Nikolayev Military Engineering Institute. He was accepted in January, whereas his brother was denied. He was a failure at military matters - people mocked him for it.

More About Him:

-He started having epileptic seizures after his father's death in 1839. He was a drunk and was killed by his serfs.

-He was an engineer in the military

-Around 1843 he developed strong gambling problems.

-He finished his first book in 1845 - Poor Folk. He also wrote a letter of resignation for his military post.

- In 1849, he continued to publish as his physical health deteriorated.

- Also in 1849, he was sentenced to death on grounds of treason against Russian politics and religion. He was saved at the last moment - he instead was sent to Omsk, Siberia to a prison camp for four years. He then served years of mandatory military service.

-In 1854 he was finally released - he asked his brother Mikhail for help and began to write again.

-By 1866 the first two parts of Crime and Punishment were published - around this time, he met his future wife, Anna Snitkina through said writing.

-The family returned to Russia in 1871 - they suffered many financial issues along with plenty of health problems. His personal health began to rapidly decline as he published The Citizen and often experienced seizures. While working on his Diary, he was diagnosed with a fatal condition. After speaking at the unveiling of the Pushkin memorial, he soon suffered three hemorrhages and died.