Literary Precedents for The Possessed

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World literature is rife with examples of narratives about prerevolutionary activity (in English, many of the novels of Sir Walter Scott fit into this category) and about crime (here, the reader may go as far back as Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders, 1722, for an early study of criminal behavior). In Russia, however, nothing so intense nor as thorough as Dostoevsky's work appeared. Perhaps the closest preparatory work is Ivan Turgenev's Fathers and Sons (also published as Fathers and Children in 1862), which offers an insightful vision of Nihilism in the well-developed character Eugene Bazarov.

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