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Leaving the Theater & Other Works: Early Writings, Essays, Book Reviews & Letters

Overlook/Ardis, second edition, 2013

 

Nikolai Gogol is one of the geniuses of Russian comic writing. This volume of uncollected and previously untranslated writings ranges from his debut in 1829 to 1842, the year of his great novel Dead Souls. It presents him in many guises—as poet, playwright, essayist and book reviewer—rounding out our understanding of this enigmatic master of dark humor.