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Nikolai Gogol (Nikolay Vasilyevich Yanovskiy)

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Biography

Sorochintsy, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire [now Velyki Sorochyntsi, Poltava Oblast, Ukraine]
Nikolai (Mykola) Gogol was a Ukrainian-born writer who wrote in Russian, because the Ukrainian language was banned in Russian Empire. His ancestors were bearing the name of Gogol-Janovsky and claimed belonging to the upper class Polish Szlachta. Gogol's father, a Ukrainian writer living on his old family estate, had five other children. He died when the Gogol was 15. Young Gogol was fond of the drama class at his high school in Nezhin, Ukraine. He was strongly influenced by his religious mother, as well as by the enchanting beauty of the Ukrainian folklore. He also called himself a "free Cossac". Read more...

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