Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) was a Russian novelist, philosopher, and essayist. His works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th-century Russia. He is considered one of the greatest and most influential novelists of all time. His works include Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and The Idiot. Dostoevsky’s works explore themes of existentialism, suffering, and morality. He often juxtaposes extreme poverty with extreme wealth in his novels, and examines how these forces can lead to chaos and suffering. He also examines the human capacity for good and evil, and how those forces interact. One fun fact about Dostoevsky is that he wrote Crime and Punishment in a mere six weeks. His work ethic was so intense that he sometimes wrote up to 16 hours a day.