CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
by FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY
A few words about Dostoevsky himself may help the English reader to
understand his work.
Dostoevsky was the son of a doctor. His parents were very hard-
working and deeply religious people, but so poor that they lived with
their five children in only two rooms. The father and mother spent
their evenings in reading aloud to their children, generally from
books of a serious character.
Though always sickly and delicate Dostoevsky came out third in the