Review: First Words: on Dostoevsky's Introductions

First Words: on Dostoevsky's Introductions by Lewis Bagby has been reviewed in The Russian Review.

In an arresting passage early in First Words, Lewis bagby compares literary introductions, prefaces, prologues, and forewords to monsters in an illuminated medieval manuscript ... After an engaging and helpful discussion of the subgenre’s historical contexts in nineteenth-century Russian and European literature, Bagby traces Dostoevsky’s literary evolution by way of a painstaking taxonomy of his prefaces—a microbiography of sorts.
— Val Vinokur, The New School, The Russian Review (Vol. 76, No. 1)