The Sensualist: Supplemental Reading

The Sensualist relies heavily upon two central influences: the work of Dostoevsky, and Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The following links are some select passages from and about those works.


The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky:

Passages from Book Three, entitled “The Sensualists”

Chapter 1: In the Servants’ Quarters:

Chapter 2: Lizaveta

Chapter 4: The Sensualists


An excerpt from AndrĂ© Gide’s Dostoevsky

From his seminal lectures on the Russian novelist.


The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Letters Fitzgerald wrote to friends, colleagues and family about Baltimore, Dostoevsky and The Brothers Karamazov: pages 52-54: pages 480-481; page: 531


An Excerpt From David Foster Wallace’s essay “Joseph Frank’s Dostoevsky”

In his famous essay, DFW discusses the appeal and difficulty of the Russian master for modern American readers.