Hohol-Yanovsky, Vasyl

Hohol-Yanovsky, Vasyl [Гоголь-Яновський, Василь; Hohol’-Janovs’kyj, Vasyl’] (Gogol, Vasilii), b 1777 on the farmstead Kupchynskyi (today Hoholeve) near Myrhorod in the Poltava region, d March 1825 in nearby Kybyntsi. A landowner of Cossack starshyna descent and Ukrainian playwright; the father of Nikolai Gogol. In the 1820s he directed the serf theater of the noble Dmytro Troshchynsky on the latter's estate in the village of Kybyntsi and wrote and staged plays for it in Ukrainian. They include the intermede-like comedy ‘Sobaka-vivtsia’ (The Dog-Sheep) and the farce ‘Prostak, ili khitrost’ zhenshchiny, perekhitrennaia soldatom’ (The Simpleton, or the Cunning of a Woman Outwitted by a Soldier), which is similar to Ivan Kotliarevsky's Moskal’-charivnyk (The Muscovite-Sorcerer).

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 2 (1989).]

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