Marriage of the writer’s parents, Mikhail Andreevich Dostoevsky (1788-1839), doctor at the Marinsky Hospital for the Poor in Moscow, and Maria Fyodorovna Nechaeva (1800-1837), daughter of a Moscow merchant Fyodor Timofeevich Nechaev

1820 October 13/25
Birth of the writer’s elder brother Mikhail

1821 October 30/November 11
Birth of M.A. and M.F.Dostoevskys second son – Fyodor (Moscow)

M.A. Dostoevsky bought a small estate in the district of Kashir, province of Tula, which consisted of two small villages -–Darovoye and Chermashnya (bought in 1832). Since then, up to his departure to St. Petersburg, Dostoevsky spent each summer at Darovoye

1833 January
Mikhail and Fyodor joined the semi-boarding school of N.I. Drashusov (Souchard), where they had courses every morning and were back to lunch

The two elder brothers entered the Moscow private boarding school of Leonty Ivanovich Chermak

1837 January 29/February 10
Death of Pushkin, that struck profoundly Dostoevsky. He learned the news only after a month

February 27/March 11
Death of Maria Fyodorovna Dostoevskaya

The two elder brothers moved to Petersburg to enter the Military Engineering Academy. Before the Academy, they entered the preparatory boarding school of captain K.F. Kostomarov

July 1/13
M.A. Dostoevsky resigned and soon after moved to his estate

1838 January 16/28
F.M. Dostoevsky admitted to the Military Engineering Academy

JuneMikhail Dostoevsky moved to Revel to join an Engineering detachment

1839 June
Death of Mikhail Andreevich Dostoevsky, murdered (after the family legend) by his serfs

1841 August

Fyodor Dostoevsky promoted to field ensign-engineer and transfered to the lower officer’s class. He was afforded an opportunity to live outside the Engineering Academy and rented an apartment at Karavannaya Street near Manege

1844 January

Fyodor Dostoevsky translated Balzac’s Eugenie Grandet

In winter he conceived the novel Poor Folk


Dostoevsky tendered his resignation

1845 End of May

Dostoevsky read Poor Folk to Dmitry Grigorovich, who passed the novel to Nekrasov. Nekrasov and Belinsky delighted with the Poor Folk. Even before the publication of the novel, Dostoevsky’s name became known in the Petersburg literary circles

1846 January

Publication of Petersburg Collection, edited by Nekrasov, that included Dostoevsky’s novel Poor Folk


Publication  of the novella The Double

(published in N 2 Notes from the Fatherland)


The short story Mister Prokharchin

(published in N 10 of  Notes from the Fatherland)


Dostoevsky worked on Netochka Nezvanova

Acquaintance with Apollon and Valerian Maikov, A.N. Pleshcheev, M.V. Petrashevsky

1847 January

Novel in 9 Letters published in N 1 of the journal The Contemporary

Dostoevsky began to assist to gatherings in Petrashevsky’s home which take place on Fridays. He got access to Petrashevsky’s collection of books


Beginning of the publication of the novella Landlady (Notes of the Fatherland)

1848 January

Publication A Faint Heart in the N2 of the Notes of the Fatherland


Publication White Nights and the short story A Jealous Husband in the N12 of the Notes of the Fatherland. Dostoevsky close to N.A. Speshnev. A particular secret society organized under the guidance of Speshnev, which includes some of the most determined of the participants of Petrachevsky gatherings: Dostoevsky, N.A. Mordvinov, N.A Mombelli, P.N. Filippov, N.P. Grigoriev, V.A. Milutin. The society undertakes “to realize   a coup in Russia”

Beginning of the publication of the Dostoevsky’s novel Netochka Nezvanova in N1 of the Notes of the Fatherland

April 23/May 5

Early in the morning the members of the Petrachevsky circle were arrested. Dostoevsky arrested at 4 a.m. In all, that night, “36 persons of different rank” were arrested. Dostoevsky imprisoned in the cell No 9 of the “secret House” of Alexeevsky ravelin.

December 22/January 2

Execution at the Semyonovsky Square. Reprieve of the execution and reading of the pardon rescript

1850 January 9/21

On their way to the Omsk prison, Dostoevsky, S.F.Durov and F.L.Yastrjembsky arrive to Tobolsk. At the jail of Tobolsk Dostoevsky and Durov receive visit of the wifes of Decembrist insurgents – N.D.Fonvizina and P.E.Annenkova with her daughter. Fonvizina provides Dostoevsky with a copy of The New Testament in which binding is hidden 10 rubles.

January 23/February 4

Dostoevsky and Durov arrive to the Omsk fortress

Dostoevsky –convict at the Omsk fortress

1854 January 23/February 4

Dostoevsky leaved the prison. He was enrolled as a private in the troops of a Siberian Independent Corps

End of February

Dostoevsky transferred to the city of Semipalatinsk, as a private in the Seventh Line Batallion


Acquaintance with Alexander Ivanovich Isaev and Maria Dmitrievna Isaev, with their son Pavel

1855 March

The accession to the throne of Alexander II marked by the promulgation of the “Imperial manifesto”, in connection with which was published the Order of  “privileges and favours” regarding “those officials of the Military department who fell into crimes”

middle of May

A.I. Isaev was given assignment to the town of Kuznetsk, province of Tobolsk. Departure of the Isaev from Semipalatinsk


Death of A.I. Isaev

Acquaintance and friendship with Ch.Ch. Valikhanov


Dostoevsky proposed marriage to M.D. Isaeva and obtained her consent

1857 February 6/18

Marriage of Dostoevsky and M.D. Isaeva  in Odigitriev Church in the town of Kuznetsk. On their way back from Kuznetsk Dostoevsky had a strongest attack, the doctor ascertained “ a real epilepsy”

April 17/29

By an imperial decree to the Governing senate, Dostoevsky was assigned back his hereditary nobility. That allowed him to publish his works. The Little Hero  was published in the No 8 of the Notes of the Fatherland

1858 Before March 8/20

Dostoevsky  tendered his resignation

1859 March

Apperance of the novella My Uncle’s Dream in the N3 of the Russian Word. Dostoevsky received the long-awaited resignation. The writer put under secret surveillance. He chose Tver as a place of residence


Publication of The Village of Stepanchikovo and his inhabitants in the N 11-12 of the Notes of the Fatherland

December 20/January 1

Having been authorized to reside in Petersburg, Dostoevsky with his family moved to Petersburg

1860 spring

Publication of The Works of F.M. Dostoevsky in 2 volumes.

September 1/13

Publication of the “Introduction” and of the 1st chapter of the Notes from the House of the Dead in the journal Russian World, N 67

1861 January

Appearance of the 1st issue of the journal Time with the first part of the novel The Insulted and the Injured and “a number of articles on Russian literature”. Continuation of publication of Notes from the House of the Dead  in the Russian World

1862 June 7/19

Dostoevsky’s trip abroad for the first time. Within 2,5 months he visits more than 20 cities of the Western Europe (Berlin, Dresden, Wiesbaden, Cologne, Paris, London, Florence, Turin, Geneva, Vienna, and others)

1863 May 24/June 5

Suppressing of the journal Time (for the article “The Fatal question”)

4/16 August 4/16 –by October 21/November 3

Dostoevsky leaves abroad from Petersburg (Berlin, Wiesbaden, Paris, Baden-Baden, Turin, Genoa, Rome, Naples, Florence, Hambourg, Dresden, Livorno…)

1864 January 24/February 5

Mikhail Dostoevsky authorized to publish the journal The Epoch


Appearance of an issue of the journal The Epoch with Notes from Underground

April 15/27

Death of Maria Dostoevskaya, the writer’s wife

July 10/22

Death of Mikhail Dostoevsky, the writer’s older brother. The writer continues the editing of The Epoch. Enormous debts left after his brother’s death fell upon him. Dostoevsky assumes all of Mikhail’s debts

1865  After  July 16/28

Saving himself of the creditors, Dostoevsky leaved from Petersburg in Europe

July 29/August 10

Beginning of work on the novel Crime and Punishment

1866 January

Beginning of the publication of the novel Crime and Punishment from the issue n1 of the journal the Russian Messenger . The publication lasted the whole year long

October 4/16

The first visit to Dostoevsky of  Anna Grigorievna Snitkina, a 20-years old stenographer, the writer’s future wife. Dostoevsky began to dictate her his novel The Gambler

October 31/November 12

Completion of work on the novel The Gambler

November 3/15

Dostoevsky requested Anna to stenograph the last part of the novel Crime and Punishment

November 8/20

Dostoevsky proposed marriage to A. G. Snitkina. She consented joyfully

1867 February 15/27

Marriage of Dostoevsky and A.G. Snitkina in the Trinity-Izmailovsky Cathedral

April 14/26

Dostoevsky and his wife leaved abroad, presumably, for several months. But they would stay in Europe for more than four years (Berlin, Dresden, Baden-Baden, Basle, Geneva, Vevey, Milan, Florence)

1868 January

Beginning of the publication of the novel The Idiot (Russian Messenger)

February 22/March 5

Birth of Sofia, daughter of the Dostoevskys, in Geneva

May 12/24

Death of Sofia Dostoevskaya. The writer deeply affected by his daughter’s death

1869 January

Dostoevsky completed work on the novel The Idiot

September 14/26

Birth of Dostoevsky’s second daughter – Lyubov

1871 January

Beginning of the publication of the novel Home