Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol was a Ukrainian-born Russian dramatist, novelist and short story writer whose work was strongly influenced by Ukrainian culture.
Although Gogol was considered by his contemporaries one of the preeminent figures of the natural school of Russian literary realism, later critics have found in his work a fundamentally romantic sensibility, with strains of surrealism and the grotesque ("The Nose", "Viy", "The Overcoat," "Nevsky Prospekt"). His early works, such as Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka, were influenced by his Ukrainian upbringing, Ukrainian culture, and folklore. His later writing satirized political corruption in the Russian Empire (The Government Inspector, Dead Souls). The novel Taras Bulba (1835) and the play Marriage (1842), along with the short stories "Diary of a Madman", "The Tale of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarreled with Ivan Nikiforovich", "The Portrait" and "The Carriage", round out the tally of his best-known works.
years of life: 1 April 1809 4 March 1852




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Some of the ladies were dressed well and in the fash­ion, while the re­mainder were clad in such gar­ments as God usu­ally be­stows upon a pro­vin­cial town
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he had stated that, be­ing a worm of no ac­count in the world, he was de­serving of no con­sid­er­a­tion at the hands of his fel­lows; that in his time he had un­der­gone many strange ex­per­i­ences; that sub­sequently he had suffered much in the cause of Truth; that he had many en­emies seek­ing his life; and that, be­ing de­sirous of rest, he was now en­gaged in search­ing for a spot wherein to dwell—where­fore, hav­ing stumbled upon the town in which he now found him­self
Charlotte Thomashas quoted2 years ago
In passing, the reader may care to be­come more fully ac­quain­ted with the two serving-men of whom I have spoken


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