I am now working on a book about Fyodor Dostoevsky, to be published by Bloomsbury on 28 January 2021. I’ll update this page soon.
‘When one is young, ideas just pour out of one’s head, but that is no reason to catch every one of them in flight and use it right away, in a hurry. It is better to wait a bit longer until they crystallise – think more and wait until many small things expressing one particular thought combine into one great whole, into one large, three-dimensional image, and it is only then that the thought should be given expression. The colossal characters created by the colossal writers were often created tenaciously over a long period. Surely there is not much point in expressing all the intermediary attempts and sketches.’
Letter to Apollon Maikov, 18 January 1856