"The strangest prose-poet Russia ever produced": First New Directions Edition of Nabokov's Nikolai Gogol
Item Number: 89079
Norfolk, Connecticut: New Directions Books, 1944.
First edition of Nabokov’s criticism of the work of Russian literary master Nikolai Gogol. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities.
One of the preeminent figures of the natural school of Russian literary realism, Nikolai Gogol produced a prolific body of work throughout the mid 19th century. His early works, such as Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka, were influenced by his Ukrainian upbringing while his later writings satirised political corruption in the Russian Empire.