Fyodor Dostoevsky was a Russian novelist, essayist and philosopher who lived from 1821 to 1881. He is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential novelists of all time. His works are known for their psychological depth and complexity, exploring themes such as suffering, morality, faith, and redemption. Dostoevsky’s most famous works include Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and Notes from Underground. His writing style is often characterized by its realism and frequent use of symbolism. One fun fact about Dostoevsky is that he was a gambler, a habit which the novelist actually wrote about in his novel The Gambler. He was also known for his habit of writing in coffeehouses, where he found the hustle and bustle of the atmosphere stimulating and inspiring.