First American Edition and Dostoevsky's First Publication in the U.S.
DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor. VON THULO, Marie. [House of the Dead] Buried Alive. Or Ten Years of Penal Servitude in Siberia. New York: Henry Holt and Company , 188.
Publisher's full green cloth. Pictorially stamped on front cover and spine in black and lettered in gilt. Cloth stamped with a prison scene. Brown coated endpapers. Tiny bookseller sticker on front pastedown. Spine slightly sunned. Minor shelfwear to head and tale of spine and some minor wrinkling to cloth on spine. Front board with some minor soiling. Binding slightly skewed. Some light dust soiling to edges and title-page. Two leaves (pg 69-72) with a tiny tear to lower outer corner, not affecting text. A few minor instances of foxing. Overall a very good copy.

A semi-autobiographical story later know as "House of the Dead" and translated by Marie von Thilo from the Original publication in 1860-62 in the journal Vremya. Written after his release from prison, Dostoevsky describes here, through a fictional narrative, the details of his own life in Siberia and that of the prisoners incarcerated with him (usually using their real names). "The House of the Dead was the work that had the greatest success-the story of the country's most heinous criminals written by a newly released prisoner. The work had direct relevance to the current debate on necessary reforms in the Russian legal and penal system, and its message that there was no greater agony for man than to be deprived of his freedom could not help but attract attention in a period of liberalization. But what guaranteed the work immortality was the extraordinary artistry in the writing. 'One saw in the author a new Dante who had descended into the inferno,' one contemporary critic recalled, 'and this inferno was made all the worse by the fact that it existed not only in the writer's imagination but also in reality'... Tolstoy considered Notes from the House of the Dead 'the finest work in all of modern Russian literature'" (Kjetssa, Fyodor Dostoevsky,: A Writer's Life, 136, 366).

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