Feodor Dostoyevsky


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In The Brothers Karamazov, Russian novelist Feodor Dostoyevsky tells the tale of a guardian angel who wept before God because the woman in his charge had been so wicked that she was stuck in hell.
In this issue we apply the words of Feodor Dostoyevsky: "The degree of civilization in a society is revealed by entering its prisons." Anthony Papa, the artist whose painting illustrates our cover, allows us to enter one of those prisons, see what he experienced, and judge for ourselves.
Steered to Henry James and Feodor Dostoyevsky by Wright, Ellison not only came to speak "with growing confidence about high art" but also "reached deep" into black folk culture.