Nikolai Gogol was talented eugh to catch the tice of t just his contemporaries but his government. Considered one of Russia's greatest writers during his day, Gogol's Dead Souls satirized the corruption of the Russian government eugh that it forced him into exile. Dead Souls features Gogol's classic prose and verse forms, with Gogol himself considering it epic poetry. Despite the fact that it was technically unfinished, with Gogol famously burning the second part of the manuscript, it's still universally hailed as one of Gogol's classics. The Nose is considered one of Gogol's most famous works, a bizarre short story about seemingly thing that nevertheless embodies the wizardry of his work. Despite the fact that some critics have ted that the story itself is nsensical, it's still universally hailed as one of Gogol's classics.