This early work by Nikolai Gogol was originally published in 1830 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'St. John's Eve' is a short story about young lovers that are kept apart by the girl's father. The boy then gets convinced to accept a dangerous deal from a witch in order to win the right to his love. Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol was born in Sorochintsi, Ukraine in 1809. In 1831, Gogol brought out the first volume of his Ukrainian stories, 'Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka'. It met with immediate success, and he followed it a year later with a second volume. 'The Nose' is regarded as a masterwork of comic short fiction, and 'The Overcoat' is now seen as one of the greatest short stories ever written; some years later, Dostoyevsky famously stated "e;We all come out from Gogol's 'Overcoat'."e; He is seen by many contemporary critics as one of the greatest short story writers who has ever lived, and the Father of Russia's Golden Age of Realism.