Vladimir Nabokov: A Literary Life [NOOK Book]

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Vladimir Nabokov insisted that a writer's biography should concentrate on what he called the story of a style. In his case this means not only an account of elaborate metaphorical patterns, distinctive syntax, and arcane lexical registers, but a study of the novels' complex human drama, the matrices of literary allusion, the play of ambiguity and contradiction, the recurrence of scenes organized around meditations on aesthetic objects, and his penchant for a distinctive sort of suspended conclusion. Building on ...
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Vladimir Nabokov: A Literary Life

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Overview

Vladimir Nabokov insisted that a writer's biography should concentrate on what he called the story of a style. In his case this means not only an account of elaborate metaphorical patterns, distinctive syntax, and arcane lexical registers, but a study of the novels' complex human drama, the matrices of literary allusion, the play of ambiguity and contradiction, the recurrence of scenes organized around meditations on aesthetic objects, and his penchant for a distinctive sort of suspended conclusion. Building on the impressive body of secondary material devoted to Nabokov's work, David Rampton tells that story as it develops over a novelistic career that lasted more than fifty years. He argues for a complex mix of change and continuity and concludes that the open-endedness of so much of Nabokov's fiction, the mysteries that abide, seem to be part of its point. The comprehensive portrait that results make this literary life essential reading for those studying Nabokov's work and for those curious to know more about one of the twentieth century's most compelling and provocative writers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137292018
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Series: Literary Lives
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 232
  • File size: 379 KB

Meet the Author

DAVID RAMPTON is professor of English at the University of Ottawa, Canada. His publications include Vladimir Nabokov: A Critical Study of the Novels (1984), Prose Models (co-edited, 3rd edition, 1997), Short Fiction (co-edited, 2nd edition, 2005), and William Faulkner: A Literary Life (2008).
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
Early Russian Fiction
Russian Fiction: 1929-31
Major Nabokov: Three Russian Masterpieces
New Beginnings
Major Nabokov: Three American Masterpieces
Late Nabokov
Conclusion
Notes
Index


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