The novelist Nikolai Gogol died at the age of 42. Here is all you want to know, and more!
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A famous Russian writer of the Nineteenth Century, he is most known for his 1835 novel, Taras Bulba; his 1842 play, Marriage; and such short stories as Diary of a Madman, The Portrait, and The Carriage. His literary works, alternately characterized as realistic and romantic, contain elements of the grotesque and surreal.
While growing up in the Ukrainian village of Sorochyntsi, he worked in a theater operated by his uncle. As a child, he spoke both Russian and Ukrainian.
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For a man, the soul of a woman is a preserving talisman, guarding him from moral infections; it is a power holding him to the straight path, a guide leading him back from the crooked to the straight. On the other hand, the soul of a woman can be his evil and ruin him forever.
Let my body be delivered to the earth without attention to the place where it lies; nothing should be associated with my dusty remains. Shame on him who draws any attention to a rotted flesh that is already no longer mine: he is worshipping the worms nibbling it.
If you have not first pondered the entire situation of the man whom you wish to help, and if you have not brought with you instructions for him to follow henceforth in leading his life, he will not receive great good from your help.
There are certain words which are nearer and dearer to a man than any others.