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Monday, March 31, 2014

NIKOLAI GOGOL - UKRAINE-BORN RUSSIAN AUTHOR - PREEMINENT FIGURE OF RUSSIAN REALISM LITERATURE

March 31st. Yikes, last day of the month, where did it go?

Today we celebrate the birthdate of Ukraine-born, Russian author Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852)

Painting of Gogol courtesy of Wikipedia
Gogol is important in that his writing laid the foundation for Russian realism literature. His most famous works are his novel, "Dead Souls," and his short story "The Overcoat."

"When and at what time he entered the department and who appointed him, no on could recall. However many directors and other superiors came and went, he was always to be seen in one and the same place, in the same position, in the same capacity, as the same copying clerk, so that after a while they became convinced, that he must simply have been born into the world ready-made, in a uniform, and with a balding head." From Nikolai Gogol's short story "The Overcoat."

Learn more about this author here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolai_Gogol