A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
11/11/1821 Dostoevsky is born
November 11, 1821. Fyodor Dostoevsky was born in Moscow on this date. He's considered a great mainstream writer, but he has certain claims on the mystery genre. For example, Crime and Punishment, one of the first reverse mysteries, in which we follow the criminal rather than the detective. Second, that very detective, Porfiry, the polite police officer who served as a model for television's Columbo. And don't forget The Brothers Karamazov, a novel featuring a murder in which (spoiler alert) the butler did it.