Nikolai Gogol was named after the miraculous icon of St. Nicholas, kept in the church of Bolshoi Sorochintsy, where the writer's parents lived.
In addition to Nikolai, the family had eleven more children. There were six boys and six girls in total, Gogol was the third.
Gogol wrote very mediocre compositions at school, he was very weak in languages and made progress only in drawing and Russian literature.
Gogol's literary fame was brought about by "Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka."
On February 11, 1852, being in a difficult state of mind, the writer burned the manuscript of the second volume of the poem "Dead of Souls".
Gogol was ashamed of his nose. In all of Gogol's portraits, his nose looks different - this is how, with the help of artists, the writer tried to confuse future biographers.
Seven years before his death, the writer warned in his will: "I will not bury my body until there are obvious signs of decomposition. Gogol was not listened to, and when the remains were reburied in 1931, a skeleton with a skull turned to one side was found in the coffin. According to other sources the skull was completely absent.
When Gogol was little, his grandmother, Tatyana Semyonovna, told him about the divine staircase: angels lowered it from heaven, giving a hand to the soul of the deceased. Gogol's last words were: “Ladder! Hurry up the stairs! "
According to rumors, Gogol died a virgin. In any case, it is not known about any of his connections with women.