The Karamazov Correspondence: Letters of Vladimir S. Soloviev

The Karamazov Correspondence: Letters of Vladimir S. Soloviev


Edited and translated by Vladimir Wozniuk

Series: Studies in Russian and Slavic Literatures, Cultures, and History
ISBN: 9781644690536
Pages: 388 pp.
Publication Date: September 2019

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The Karamazov Correspondence: Letters of Vladimir S. Soloviev represents the first fully annotated and chronologically arranged collection of the Russian philosopher-poet’s most important letters, the vast majority of which have never before been translated into English. Soloviev was widely known for his close association with Fyodor M. Dostoevsky in the final years of the novelist’s life, and these letters reflect many of the qualities and contradictions that also personify the title characters of Dostoevsky’s last and greatest novel, The Brothers Karamazov. The selected letters cover all aspects of Soloviev’s life, ranging from vital concerns about human rights and the political and religious turmoil of his day to matters related to family and friends, his love life, and early drafts of his works, including poetic endeavors.

Vladimir Wozniuk is professor emeritus at Western New England University and a center associate at Harvard’s Davis Center of Russian and Eurasian Studies. He has edited and translated four volumes of Vladimir S. Soloviev’s essays spanning a wide range of topics, including religion, politics, law, human rights, art and aesthetics.


The Karamazov Correspondence: Letters of Vladimir S. Soloviev takes its due place among the collected writings by this influential philosopher, poet, and journalist, offered to us in English by the talented translator and editor, Vladimir Wozniuk. These letters, sometimes witty, sometimes serious, reveal the personal and professional development of this crucial nineteenth-century Russian writer, who was not only friend and inspiration for Dostoevsky, as the volume’s title hints, but an influential correspondent with virtually all the major figures in late imperial Russia. It is a must read for all lovers, as well as scholars, of Russian literature, history, and philosophy.
— Judith Deutsch Kornblatt, Emeritus Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin–Madison
The Karamazov Correspondence is an immensely valuable contribution to studies of Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov and to analogous studies of the author’s relation to Vladimir S. Soloviev. Vladimir Wozniuk’s book is a brilliant work of scholarship, and composed by a renowned scholar of Soloviev in general, and, in this case, of Soloviev and The Brothers Karamazov. His work is a must read for all Dostoevsky and Soloviev scholars and students. Vladimir Wozniuk has done classic work on Soloviev, and his new book belongs to this high order.
— Robert Louis Jackson, Emeritus Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Karamazov Correspondence
Letters of Vladimir S. Soloviev, Arranged Chronologically
Appendix 1: On the Deathbed Confession of V. S. Soloviev
Appendix 2: Brief Biographical Information on Soloviev’s Correspondents
Editor-Translator’s Annotations
Index of Biblical References
General Index