Nikolai Gogol


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

Died
March 04, 1852

Genre

Influences


Nikolai Gogol (born in Sorochyntsi, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire, present-day Ukraine) - Russian writer of Ukrainian descent.

Gogol's mother was a descendant of Polish nobility. Gogol's father Vasyl Hohol-Yanovsky, a Ukrainian writer best known for his plays, 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 mimicry which later on made him a matchless reader of his own works.

In 1828, on leaving school, Gogol came to Petersburg. He had hoped for literary fam
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“The longer and more carefully we look at a funny story, the sadder it becomes.”
Nikolai V. Gogol

“I am fated to journey hand in hand with my strange heroes and to survey the surging immensity of life, to survey it through the laughter that all can see and through the tears unseen and unknown by anyone.”
Nikolai Gogol

“I am who I am and that's who I am”
Nikolai Gogol, in The Government Inspector presented by the EGBA and performed by the ORAD

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Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol 1842, 512 pages
 
  31 votes, 10.1%

 
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  27 votes, 8.8%

 
  26 votes, 8.4%

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