This Week in Literary History: February 1-6

February 1: The Corsair, Lord Byron’s poem about the heroic pirate captain Conrad, is published on this day in 1814.


St. Petersburg and the world of Anna Karenina and Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoyevsky used the slums of St. Petersburg and Leo Tolstoy used the trappings of its upper ranks in society to make the same point in their novels.