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Article

Gogol’ as a Character in N.S. Leskov’s ‘Putimec'

Russian Literature. 2015. Vol. 77. No. 3. P. 367-382.

This article examines Nikolai Leskov's apocryphal sketch on Nikolai Gogol,  "Putimets" (1883). The story represents a unique case in 19th century Russian literature in which a contemporary writer is made the protagonist. We examine the possible reasons for Leskov's choice of Gogol and present a thorough survey of the source material "Putimets" draws from. This includes the writings of Mikhail Zagoskin, The Tale of Igor's Campaign, Shakespeare, Schiller, as well as Gogol's own letters and jjournalism. The article explores the Leskov's literary logic as he projects his own image of the ideal Russian writer onto his construction of Gogol.