Nikolai Gogol: Shinel' [The Overcoat]

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When the third volume of Sochineniia Nikolaia Gogolia [Works of Nikolai Gogol], dated 1842, was finally published, after a delay caused by the censor, in 1843, it included a new story. Begun in 1839, it was entitled Shinel’, (normally translated as The Overcoat, but sometimes as The Greatcoat or The Cloak) and initially attracted little attention. Even the critic Vissarion Belinsky, who had hailed Gogol as the exponent of a new type of literature, only mentions the work en passant. Like three stories published in 1835 – Nevskii Prospekt [Nevsky Prospect], Zapiski …

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Pursglove, Michael. "Shinel' ". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 April 2008
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