Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)

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Death: 9th February 1881
Location: Tikhvin Cemetery, Alexander Nevsky Monastery, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Cause of death: Pulmonary Hemorrhage associated with emphysema
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Russian writer, considered to be one if the greatest writers of the twentieth century. In 1846 his first work, the 
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epistolary novel Poor Folk, was published to much critical acclaim. In 1849 he was imprisoned and sentenced to death for his involvement in revolutionary activity against Tsar Nikolai I. However, he was not executed and was instead exiled to a labour camp in Siberia. In 1854 he was released, but he was required to serve in the Siberian Regiment, where he spent the next five years. He returned to St. Petersburg where, following the death of his wife and brother, he fell into a deep depression and began to gamble heavily. It is believed that his best known work, Crime and Punishment, was completed in a hurry in order for Dostoevsky to receive the advance from his publisher.
His tombstone reads "Verily, Verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." from John 12:24, which is also the epigraph of his final novel, The Brothers Karamazov.