The review concerns the I.A. Vinogradov’s articles on different aspects of Gogol’s creative work united by the idea of indissoluble integrity of the writer’s legacy. Basing on a lot of facts (including those presented for the first time) the scholar suggests a new approach according to which the late works of Gogol and the early ones do not differ in their meaning that much as it is usually considered. Vinogradov also rejects some Gogol’s biographical myths.
textology; interpretation; intention; autocomment; mystification; biographical myth; spiritual heritage; Westerners; Slavophiles; the enlightened sovereign; mentor; patriotism; literary centrism; law; concervatism; liberalism; «grived people»; «superfluous people»; N.V. Gogol.