Epoch (Russian magazine)

Epoch (Russian: Эпо́ха) was a Russian literary magazine published in 1864-65 by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and his brother Mikhail.

Title page, 1864.
First issueMarch 1864
Final issue1865
CountryRussian Empire
Based inSt. Petersburg

Publication historyEdit

The first two combined numbers of Epoch, for January and February, 1864, were published in March, 1864, containing the opening chapters of Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Notes from Underground took up the first four issues of the magazine. His story The Crocodile was published in the last issue.[1] The Crocodile, taken as an attack on Nikolay Chernyshevsky, and his article Mr -bov and the Question of Art, criticising the views of Nikolay Dobrolyubov, created considerable controversy between Dostoyevsky and Russian liberals.[2]

After Mikhail Dostoyevsky's death in 1864, Fyodor became chief editor. He was forced to discontinue publication of the magazine in February 1865 due to financial problems.[1]

Along with Dostoyevsky's works, Epoch published articles by Apollon Grigoryev and Nikolay Strakhov, stories by major writers such as Ivan Turgenev and Nikolai Leskov, and the popular fiction of Vsevolod Krestovsky and others.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Handbook of Russian Literature, Victor Terras, Yale University Press 1990.
  2. ^ Magarshack, David (1997). Dostoevsky's Occasional Writings; Introduction. Northwestern University Press. p. xiv. ISBN 0810114739. Retrieved July 5, 2012.