Nikolai Gogol
Russian Author

NameGogol, Nikolai Vasilevich (1809 - 1852)
BiographyA novelist and dramatist who believed himself a genius destined for greatness.Sources
  • Gogol, Dead Souls, Magarshack, p1,
  • Gogol, Taras Bulba, Cournos, ppxiii-xvi.
  • Was influenced by Aleksandr Pushkin, and in turn influenced such writers as Sergei Aksakov to write.
    Some important examples of Gogol's work include:
  • The Overcoat (also translated as The Cloak or The Great Coat), a pathetic tale which underlines the misery of the lower ranks of the civil service; Dostoyevsky once said of his colleagues in Russian literature, "we all of us came out from under Gogol's Overcoat"
  • Revizor (The Government Inspector), a play which satirises provincial town gentry, and is an indication of the truth of the observation that Tsarist authority was strong in theory, weak in practice - an observation which would apply as readily to today's Russia.
  • The Government Inspector has been imitated, consciously or otherwise, in several more recent works, such as J. B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls.
  • Taras Bulba is an Odysseyian historical epic coloured by Gogol's Ukrainian, cossack heritage.
  • Gogol's dark, incomplete masterwork, Dead Souls, was to become an obsession which consumed the latter decades of his life. Only Part One of three projected parts remains: Part Three was never written, and most of Part Two was burnt by Gogol himself.

  • Bibliography
  • Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls (translated by David Magarshack), Penguin, London, 1961.
  • Nikolai Gogol, Taras Bulba and Other Tales by Nikolai Gogol (introduction by John Cournos), E.W. Cole/Everymanís Library (#740), Melbourne/London, undated (1922 or earlier).
  • Selected Works The Overcoat
    Dead Souls
    Taras Bulba
    The Government Inspector (play)
    Diary of a Madman
    Evening on a Farm Near Dikanka
    St. John's Eve
    The Mysterious Portrait
    The Story of the Quarrel Between Ivan Ivanovich and Ivan Nikiforovich/How the Two Ivans Quarrelled
    The Nose
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  • Dead Souls
  • The Overcoat
  • Taras Bulba
  • The Government Inspector
  • Diary of a Madman
  • Petersburg Tales
  • The Nose
  • The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol
  • See AlsoSergei Aksakov, Aleksandr Pushkin, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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