Stavrogin's Confession and The Plan of the Life of a Great Sinner.
With introductory and explanatory notes. Translated by S. S. Koteliansky and Virginia Woolf.London: Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1922 Stock Code: 142041
NotesFirst edition in English, first impression, in the first issue binding, here a review copy with a loosely inserted slip including a manuscript note of the book's publication date and price. In a pencilled note on the front free endpaper a former owner has hopefully conjectured that the hand on the slip may be that of Virginia Woolf, but there is not enough writing to substantiate this.
The texts, being a formerly unpublished section of Dostoevsky's The Possessed and a sketch of a novel he never completed entitled The Life of a Great Sinner, were found in Russian archives in 1921 and published there in 1922. The translation is taken from this printing - Koteliansky translated the text from Russian to what Leonard Woolf called "very bad English" (Kirkpatrick), with Virginia Woolf then modifying the translation into good English. The book was published on 4 October 1922 in an edition of 1,050 copies. The Plan of the Life of a Great Sinner was also published in The Criterion that month.
Octavo. Original light blue quarter cloth (the primary binding), printed paper label to spine and front cover, blue patterned paper boards.
Spine label a little toned and reglued at foot, extremities sunned, edges a little spotted. A very good copy.
Kirkpatrick B2; Woolmer 20.
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