|Name||Gogol, Nikolai Vasilevich (1809 - 1852)|
|Biography||A novelist and dramatist who believed himself a genius destined for greatness.||SourcesGogol, 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.|
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).
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
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The Government Inspector
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The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol
|See Also||Sergei Aksakov, Aleksandr Pushkin, Fyodor Dostoyevsky|