New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., . First American Edition. A Very Good+ copy in the original green cloth, stamped in red and gilt. Green leaf-patterned end papers, a private owner's library plate on the front paste-down, wear and minor loss to the cloth at the spine ends and corners, otherwise a nice copy. With one page of publisher's ads in the back starting with this work, priced at $1.50. An extremely important work in the Russian canon.
"Crime and Punishment, the first of Dostoevsky's major novels, is also his greatest artistic triumph. Written under harrowing pressures of serial publication, ill health, and threat of debtors' prison, it reveals nevertheless a nicely calculated and executed structure such as the author was not to achieve again in fifteen years of literary activist" (Niemi). The novel's focus on the story of Raskolnikov, a former student living in poverty who plans to commit the perfect crime, brings readers into close psychological contact with the narrator. Despite his belief that the murder of a pawnbroker and her sister will benefit him without creating any victims, Raskolnikov ultimately becomes his own victim; he is haunted by the guilty memory of his violent act. "In the end, it is the art of Crime and Punishment that moved us deeply" (Pasternak). Very Good + (Item #2432)