As you may have noticed, it is not comprehensive.
The idea started when I wanted to visualise the chronological relationship
between Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy. I then noticed that Lewis Carroll also
fit into that era, although of course in his own little world in England
(just think! he could have potentially brushed shoulders with one of these
Russian literary giants when he took his one and only long tour, which happened
to be of Russia, in 1867). Things branched out from there. I started adding
other authors which came to mind, and writers who influenced those writers,
and so on, and so forth. So don't be offended if you notice your favorite
author has been prejudicially omitted! This list is far from comprehensive, and
is really quite whimsical.