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


, (normally translated as

The Overcoat

, but sometimes as

The Greatcoat


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 sumasshedshego





) of

a Madman

], and



The Portrait

], and one,



The Nose

] published in 1836 – it is set in St Petersburg and, indeed, is often published as one of the

Peterburgskie povesti


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Citation: Pursglove, Michael. "Shinel'". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 April 2008 [, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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