Соборяне. Повести и рассказы
This is a detailed biography of Nikolay Leskov, including a description of his life and literary path. The book analyzes Leskov's canonical works too, such as Lady Macbeth of Msensk, Leftу, Catherdral Clergy etc. Many archival materials are cited for the first time here. The academic nature of the research is combined with an accessible style of presentation.
The paper examines both the obvious and hypothetical sources of Leskovs sketch Putimets whose main character is Nikolai Gogol. The paper argues that among the texts that Leskov used to construct Gogol's image are M.N. Zagoskin's novel Jurii Miloslavskii, young Gogol's letters to his relatives, and A.P. Storozhenkos memoirs. The paper also claims that Gogol represents Leskov's own alter ego, as well as a type of the ideal Russian writer.