Biographical information about the author: Fyodor Dostoevsky was born in Moscow in 1821. His mother died in 1837, and his father was murdered a year later. He studied at the Military Engineering College in St. Petersburg, graduating with officer’s rank. In 1849, he was arrested and sentenced to death for political activities; he was reprieved at the last minute but was sentenced to penal servitude. Until 1854, he was in a Siberian prison. He called Crime and Punishment a “psychological account of a certain crime.” He wrote short stories and other novels, including The Brothers Karamazov. He died in 1881.