Nikolai Gogol





Nikolai Gogol


Born
in Sorochyntsi, Poltava guberniya, Ukraine
March 31, 1809

Died
March 04, 1852

Genre

Influences


Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (Николай Васильевич Гоголь) was born in the Ukrainian Cossack village of Sorochyntsi, in Poltava Governorate of the Russian Empire, present-day Ukraine. His mother was a descendant of Polish nobility. His father Vasily Gogol-Yanovsky, a descendant of Ukrainian Cossacks, belonged to the petty gentry, wrote poetry in Russian and Ukrainian, and was an amateur Ukrainian-language playwright who died when Gogol was 15 years old.

In 1820 Gogol went to a school of higher art in Nizhyn and remained there until 1828. It was there that he began writing. Very early he developed a dark and secretive disposition, marked by a painful self-consciousness and boundless ambition. Equally early he developed an extraordinary talent for
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More books by Nikolai Gogol…
“The longer and more carefully we look at a funny story, the sadder it becomes.”
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Polls

December 2015 Short Story Poll

 
  25 votes, 18.9%

1905, The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, 32 pages
 
  20 votes, 15.2%

 
  18 votes, 13.6%

 
  14 votes, 10.6%

 
  14 votes, 10.6%

1835, The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol, 48 pages
 
  12 votes, 9.1%

 
  10 votes, 7.6%

 
  8 votes, 6.1%

1897, Liza of Lambeth by W. Somerset Maugham, 128 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.8%

1983, Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal, 98 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.8%

1955, Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo, 128 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.8%

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