Italicized items are works by Dostoevsky listed by year of first publication. Dates are Old Style, which means that they tag behind those used in nineteenth-century Western Europe by twelve days.
|1821|| Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky is born in Moscow, the son|
of an army doctor (30 October).
|1837||His mother dies.|
Enters the Engineering Academy in St Petersburg as an army|
|1839||His father dies, probably murdered by his serfs.|
|1842||Is promoted to Second Lieutenant.|
|1843||Translates Balzac Eugénie Grandet.|
|1844||Resigns his army commission.|
|1849|| Netochka Nezvanova|
Is led out for execution in the Semenovsky Square in St
Petersburg (22 December); his sentence is commuted at the
last moment to penal servitude, to be followed by army service
and exile, in Siberia; he is deprived of his army commission.
|1850-4||Serves four years at the prison at Omsk in western Siberia.|
Is released from prison (March), but is immediately posted|
as a private soldier to an infantry battalion stationed at
Semipalatinsk, in western Siberia.
Is promoted to Corporal.|
Death of Nicholas I; accession of Alexander II.
|1856||Is promoted to Ensign.|
|1857||Marries Maria Dmitrievna Isaeva (6 February).|
Resigns his army commission with the rank of Second|
Lieutenant (March), and receives permission to return to
Resides in Tver (August-December).
Moves to St Petersburg (December).
The Village of Stepanchikovo
Begins publication of a new literary monthly, Vremia, founded|
by himself and his brother Mikhail (January).