Nikolai Gogol Biography

Author (1809–1852)
Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol's best-known work is the 1842 novel Dead Souls. A fanatical priest convinced him to burn the second volume in 1852.


Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol was born on March 31, 1809, in Sorochintsy, Ukraine. His first successful book was Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka, which he wrote in the early 1830s, but his 1842 novel Dead Souls is considered his masterpiece. A fanatical priest convinced Gogol to burn the second volume of Dead Souls in 1952. He died later that year, on March 4, 1852, in Moscow, Russia; it's believed that he starved himself to death.

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