After Nezhin Lyceum served in Izyum Hussars, then in the Life Guard Lancers. Literary interests originated from Gerbel in the beautiful ancient city, which was still alive the memory of Gogol, puppeteer and combs. Settled in St. Petersburg, Gerbel collaborated in the "Contemporary", "Library for Reading" and "Notes of the Fatherland". Original works Gerbel, published in 1858 as a collection of "Echoes" and included in the "Complete Poems Gerbel" (1882), do not differ large advantages. Honorable and well-deserved reputation earned Gerbel as a poet-translator and publisher. Releasing in 1854 verse translation of "Lay", which went through another 2 editions (1855, 1876), Gerbel engaged in publishing the collected works of European classics. With the assistance of Benediktova, Kurochkin, Maikov, Mey, Mina, Polonsky, Tiutchev, Fet and others, they published were in the 1860s and 70s complete Byron collected works of Goethe, Hoffmann, Shakespeare and Schiller, as well as collections of "English poets "," German poets "," Slavic poets "vbiografiyah and samples. A significant part of the work in compiling biographical essays fell on Gerbel; serious help in translation activities provided to him by his wife, Olga. Gerbel also made a valuable anthology "Russian poets in the biographies and samples," published in the translation of Shevchenko`s works (1873 and later), the complete works of EP Combs and N. Prokopovich and a collection of "Lycee Prince Bezborodko". His Slavic sentiments he expressed in the publication of the collection in favor of the suffering of the Slavs of the Balkan peninsula: "The fraternal assistance". Gerbel published as collected works NV Berg, A. Berg, A. Druzhinin, IS Kresheva and DM Mikhailovsky. He wrote essays biographical and bibliographical of fellow practitioners on the Nizhyn - Gogol, combs and puppeteers - and the monograph of a historical nature, such as "Nizhyn" (1852), "Izyum suburban Cossack regiment" (St. Petersburg, 1852.), And others - See. . K. Trostin, in the book "Lyceum Bezborodko Prince" (1859, 21 - 26); P. Field, in the "high school science and high school Bezborodko Prince" (SPb., 1881).