by Simon Karlinsky
University of Chicago Press, 1992
Paper: 978-0-226-42527-6
Library of Congress Classification PG3335.K34 1992
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.78309

Through careful textual readings of Gogol's most famous works, Karlinsky argues that Gogol's homosexual orientation—which Gogol himself could not accept or forgive in himself—may provide the missing key to the riddle of Gogol's personality.

"A brilliant new biography that will long be prized for its illuminating psychological insights into Gogol's actions, its informative readings of his fiction and drama, and its own stylistic grace and vivacity."—Edmund White, Washington Post Book World