The Inspector General, also known as The Government Inspector, is a satirical play by the Russian and Ukrainian dramatist and novelist Nikolai Gogol originally published in 1836. The play is a comedy of errors, satirizing human greed, stupidity, and the extensive political corruption of Imperial Russia.
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Nikolai Gogol was a Russian novelist and playwright born in what is now considered part of the modern Ukraine. By the time he was 15, Gogol worked as an amateur writer for both Russian and Ukrainian scripts, and then turned his attention and talent to prose. His short-story collections were immediately successful and his first novel, The Government Inspector, was well-received. Gogol went on to publish numerous acclaimed works, including Dead Souls, The Portrait, Marriage, and a revision of Taras Bulba. He died in 1852 while working on the second part of Dead Souls.
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