Few literary works have been so variously interpreted as Nikolai
Gogol’s enduring comic masterpiece, Dead Souls.
This Norton Critical Edition reprints the text of the acclaimed George
Reavey translation, which has been fully annotated for undergraduate
"Backgrounds" contains not only Gogol’s correspondence relevant to the
novel but also the four formal letters that set forth his views on the
The editor has also included a useful chronology of Gogol’s life and an
invaluable table of ranks in czarist Russia.
A wide range of criticism includes Robert Maguire’s general overview of
Gogol’s criticism; two nineteenth-century Russian appraisals; Donald
Fanger’s brilliant essay; and a broad spectrum of twentieth-century
Russian critical opinion.
It features, as well, essays by Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson.
The Russian essays have been translated specially for this Norton
A Selected Bibliography directs readers to resources for further study.
- January 1986
- 5.2 × 8.4 in
/ 608 pages
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