Nikolai Gogol was a Russian dramatist, novelist and short story writer of Ukrainian ethnicity. Russian and Ukrainian scholars debate whether or not Gogol was of their respective nationalities. A number of his short stories are grouped together under the collective name Петербургские повести (English: Petersburg Tales).
Real Name: Николай Васильевич Гоголь (English: Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
Born: 31 March [O.S. 19 March] 1809
Died: 4 March [O.S. 21 February] 1852