Dostoevsky, Anna Grigoryevna ___ 1846-1918 ___ Russian ___ n/a

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
In 1867 Anna, who came from an impoverished family, married Dostoevsky, an impoverished writer. She was his stenographer at the time. To avoid creditors, the couple spent the next four years in Europe. Anna proved to be a steadying influence on her husband, sharing his poverty, enduring his gambling sprees, nursing him through illnesses (he suffered from epilepsy), and helping to manage his finances. They returned to Russia in 1871; ten years later Dostoevsky died, by which time he had become a literary hero. Anna kept her diary in shorthand and only began transcribing it into Russian in the 1890s as an aid to writing her memoirs. The diary is undoubtedly of interest largely because it sheds light on Dostoevsky. It details the time they spent together in Germany and Switzerland. Anna herself said she kept the diary in part to help understand her enigmatic husband. There is very little information about her or her diary on the internet (and the following biography link website is odd to say the least).
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1867 ___ literary domestic family self Germany Switzerland

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