The Overcoat Summary
Nikolai Gogol

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The Overcoat Summary

One of the most influential short stories ever written, Nikolai Gogol's "The Overcoat" ( "Shinel") first appeared in 1842 as part of a four-volume publication of its author's Collected Works (Sochinenya). The story is considered not only an early masterpiece of Russian Naturalism—a movement that would dominate the country's literature for generations—but a progenitor of the modern short story form itself. "We all came out from under Gogol's 'Overcoat"' is...

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