Gogol had a passion for needlework. He knitted scarves on knitting needles, cut dresses for sisters, weaved belts, sewed scarves for himself by summer.
The writer loved miniature editions. Not liking and not knowing mathematics, he wrote out a mathematical encyclopedia only because it was published in the sixteenth fraction of a sheet (10, 5 × 7, 5 cm).
Gogol loved to cook and treat his friends to dumplings and dumplings. One of his favorite drinks is goat's milk, which he brewed in a special way, adding rum. He called this concoction a mogul-mogul and often, laughing, would say: "Gogol loves a mogul-mogul!"
The writer walked along the streets and alleys usually on the left side, so he constantly bumped into passers-by.
Gogol was very afraid of a thunderstorm. According to contemporaries, the bad weather had a bad effect on his weak nerves.
He was extremely shy. As soon as a stranger appeared in the company, Gogol disappeared from the room.
When he wrote, Gogol often rolled balls of white bread. He told his friends that this helps him in solving the most difficult problems.
Gogol always had sweets in his pockets. Living in a hotel, he never allowed the servants to take away the sugar served for tea, collected it, hid it, and then gnawed the pieces while working or talking.
Gogol's entire life still remains an unsolved mystery. He was haunted by a mystic, and after his death there were more questions than answers. They allow you to look at the work of your favorite writer from a completely different perspective, try to explain some contradictions and inconsistencies and see him not as an idol, but as a simple, incredibly subtle and talented person.
Nikolai Vasilievich was passionately fond of everything that came into his field of vision. The history of his native Ukraine was for him one of his favorite studies and hobbies. It was these studies that pushed him to write the epic story "Taras Bulba". It was first published in the collection "Mirgorod" in 1835. Gogol personally handed one copy of this magazine into the hands of Mr. Uvarov, the minister of public education, so that he would present it to Emperor Nicholas I.
In the same collection was published the most incredible and mystical of all Gogol's works - the story "Viy". The writer himself claimed that "Viy" is a folk legend, which he allegedly heard and wrote down without changing a single word in it.
But what is interesting is that neither literary critics, nor historians, nor folklorists, nor researchers have ever and nowhere have ever been able to find either oral or, especially, written references to folk legends or fairy tales that would even remotely resemble the plot of "Viy" ... All this gives reason to consider the story exclusively a figment of the imagination of the great mystifier and writer.
Researchers of the life and work of Gogol are inclined to think that the very name "Viy" is a free team from the name of the owner of the furnace "iron Niy", who was a deity in Ukrainian mythology, and the word "viya", which means "century" in Ukrainian.
Neither contemporaries nor descendants can explain what happened to Gogol in the last years of his life. It is believed that when Gogol visited Rome in 1839, he contracted malaria. Despite the fact that over time the disease nevertheless receded, its consequences became fatal for the writer. Not much physical torment, how many complications that caused Gogol's seizures, fainting, but most importantly, visions, made his recovery difficult and lengthy.
In the fall of 1850, being in Odessa, Nikolai Vasilyevich felt relief. Contemporaries recall that he returned to his usual liveliness and cheerfulness. He returned to Moscow and seemed perfectly healthy and cheerful. Gogol read to his friends some fragments from the second volume of Dead Souls and rejoiced like a child, seeing delight and hearing the laughter of the audience. But as soon as he put an end to the second volume, it seemed to him that emptiness and doom fell upon him. He felt the fear of death, such as his father had once suffered.
Nobody knows for certain what happened on the night of February 12, 1852. Biographers, with joint titanic efforts, tried literally minute by minute to restore the events of that night, but it is absolutely certain that Gogol prayed earnestly until three o'clock in the morning. Then he took his briefcase, took out some sheets of paper, and ordered to burn everything that was left in it immediately. Then he crossed himself and, returning to bed, sobbed uncontrollably until morning. Traditionally, it is believed that that night Gogol burned the second volume of Dead Souls, but some biographers and historians are confident that this is far from the truth, which is unlikely to be known to anyone.
Modern experts in the field of psychiatry have analyzed thousands of documents and came to a completely definite conclusion that Gogol had no mental disorder at all. Perhaps he suffered from depression, and if the right treatment had been applied to him, the great writer would have lived much longer.