Voropaev V.A. Where and When Gogol was Born: Returning to the Question
The article clarifies the date and place of birth of Nikolay Gogol. It is believed that he was born in the fligel of M.Ya. Trakhimovsky, the famous Ukrainian philanthropist, who helped M.I. Gogol-Yanovskaya during childbirth. In fact, Gogol was born in the house of a Generalʼs wife E.I. Dmitrieva, who became the godmother of the newborn. This is evidenced by a friend and countryman of Nikolay Gogol M.A. Maksimovich and S.N. Danilevskaya (nee Bykova), the great-niece of the writer. Besides, there is every reason to consider the date of Gogol’s birth on March 19, rather than the 20th, as erroneously stated in the church metric book. The irrefutable evidences of Gogol’s relatives (mothers, sisters), close friends, and his biographers remained on this account. If the document conflicts with other facts and is not supported by other evidences, it cannot be considered reliable.
Nikolay Gogol, day and place of birth, church metric books, evidences of contemporaries