RUSS 67: DOSTOEVSKY AND GOGOL
Gogol's title page for Dead Souls

Note the size of the different parts of the title (from top down): The Adventures of Chichikov (which the censors insisted on, is very small), or (within curlicues) Dead Souls (larger), Epic Poem (largest of all), followed by N. Gogol and 1842 (both smaller). Note also the pictures within the design: At the top Chichikov's carriage (or is it the Russian troika?), a modest country estate with a "crane" well, wine bottles and glasses and some sort of a tower. Below them, around the Dead Souls text are various food items on the left, a dancing peasant on the right and the curlicues contain small sculls. The large Epic Poem text has a face of a god (Apollo?) on each side and a lyre and som other instrument (all symbilizing poetry). In the lowest tier there are again more wine and food as well as a balalaika on the left and a formal dancing couple on the right, and the lowest curlicues contain a face. As in the book, poetry mingles with the material staples of Russian life, and the living mingle with the dead. The picture's swirls and twist envelope it all, as does Gogol's digressive prose.