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The Nose: Introduction
The Nose: Plot Summary
The Nose: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Nose: Themes
The Nose: Quotes
The Nose: Characters
The Nose: Symbols
The Nose: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Nikolai Gogol
Historical Context of The Nose
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- Full Title: “The Nose”
- When Written: Between 1835 and 1836
- Where Written: 1836
- When Published: St. Petersburg, Russia
- Literary Period: Russian Enlightenment
- Genre: Short story
- Setting: St. Petersburg, Russia
- Climax: The police officer returns Kovalev’s nose to him.
- Antagonist: The Nose
- Point of View: Third-person limited
Extra Credit for The Nose
College Scam. Despite absolutely no expertise in medieval matters, Gogol conned his way into a job as a professor of medieval history at the University of St. Petersburg. For the year he held the position, Gogol skipped most the classes he was scheduled to teach. During the student’s oral examinations, he faked a toothache—complete with a headwrap—in order to avoid asking questions.
Buried Alive. In 1931, the Russian government decided to move Gogol's remains from his original burial site to the Novodevichy Cemetery, a famous Moscow cemetery containing the graves of various notable Russian writers. When they opened the casket, authorities found Gogol’s body lying face down. The positioning of Gogol’s body spurred the conspiracy theory that Gogol was buried alive.