The Final Adventures of Koroviev and Behemoth
[Poslednie pokhozhdeniia Korov'eva i Begemota]
Harun al-Rashid (763-809) was the fifth Abbasid Caliph, but also a character from the Arabian Nights. In the tales the Caliph (Harun al-Rashid) wanders around Baghdad dressed as a beggar and accompanied by a poet, a musician, and an executioner.
Dead Souls -- Novel (called a poem on the title page) written 1842-52 by Nikolai Gogol (1809-52). Like Bulgakov and the Master, Gogol burned the manuscript of part of his novel. Bulgakov knew Dead Souls well, as he wrote a stage adaptation in 1930-32.
Eugene Onegin -- Alexander Pushkin's Novel in Verse, the first major Russian novel.
Panayev and Skabichevsky Ivan I. Panaev (1812-1862) was a second rate writer and journalist. Akexander M. Skabichevsky (1838-1910) was a critic and publicist who was also second rate. They symbolized for Bulgakov the kind of critic who could not see deep meaning, but could judge only by superficial categories like membership in the writers' union. Skabichevsky's "Literary Memoirs" describe fires that ravaged Petersburg in 1862. (S, BE article on Dom Griboyedova)