I know that Crime and Punishment was originally published in "The Russian Messenger". I read that it was a Monthly journal. But how exactly was Crime and Punishment formatted in its initial release? Was one Chapter released per month with each publication of the Russian Messenger? Or did they release Part One in one journal release? I also don't really know how The Russian Messenger was formatted in general.

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It was published during 1866 in the issues 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12. Dostoyevsky was still writing the novel in 1866 during the publication and finished it only in November or December.

January issue with part one (number III):

January 1866

February issue with part two (it says "Part 1, chapters VIII-XIII") (number II):

February 1866

April issue with part three (it says "Part 2, chapters I-VI") (number VI)

April 1866

June issue with part four, chapters I-IV (it says "Part 2, chapters VII-IX") (number VIII)

June 1866

July issue with part four, chapters V-VI, part five, chapters I-III (it says "Part 2, chapters X-XIII") (number XI)

July 1866

August issue with part five, chapters IV-V (it says "Part 2, chapters XIV-XV") (number VIII)

August 1866

November issue with part six, chapters I-VI (it says "Part 3, chapters I-VI") (number II):

November 1866

December issue with part six chapters VII-VIII and epilogue (it says "The ending") (number IV):

December 1866

  • Wow cool. So how many chapters were published at once? there are 6 part but 8 magazine releases right? What I am most interested in is whether or nor par1 chapter 6 and part1 chapter 7 where published simultaneously? Jun 14, 2018 at 12:11
  • @ChrisFraser I added the whole publication shchedule
    – DrTyrsa
    Jun 14, 2018 at 12:44
  • Could you add a translation of (the relevant parts of) the text shown in the images? For those who don't understand Russian, the answer to the question isn't really clear from the images alone.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jun 14, 2018 at 15:03
  • @Randal'Thor The only relevant part here is the original parts and chapters numeration. And I've already translated it.
    – DrTyrsa
    Jun 14, 2018 at 15:20

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