A Russian and a Ukrainian writer, a novelist, a playwright.
Was born on 1st (20 GC) April, 1809. He studied at the Nizhyn Bezborodko Higher School of Science (1821-1828). There he wrote his first literary works: a satire "Something about Nizhyn, or laws are not written to fools”, "the poem “Hants Kukhelharten”; published manuscript almanacs; he established an amateur theater, where he was a director, an actor and a designer.
Nizhyn citizens commemorate M.Gogol; the first monument to Gogol was opened in 1881 (the sculptor was P. Zabila). To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the writer a memorial plaque (1909) on the façade of our institute was opened; The M. Gogol Museum (1927) was created; on the territory of Nizhyn Gogol State University a monument to the writer (1975) is placed. The central street in the city, a square, the university and a school 5 are named after him.