Readers of Vladimir Nabokov's books might be slightly uncomfortable with them, were they not so awe-inspiring. Nabokov had a penchant for writing about the tragic and the taboo; but his erudite, inventive approach to narration -- buttressed by his formidable academic and cultural intellect -- made him a literary legend.
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Date of Birth:
April 23, 1899
Place of Birth:
St. Petersburg, Russia
Date of Death:
July 2, 1977
|Place of Death:
Trinity College, Cambridge, 1922
|A Nabokov Sampler|
Featuring key excerpts, essays, and other supplemental materials, this helpful introductory reader is a great way to get started on exploring Nabokov's body of work.
|Nabokov on Literature||Riffs on Academia|
|Lectures on Russian Literature|
Vladimir Nabokov, Fredson Bowers (Editor)
It is hard to read these lectures without wishing one had been lucky enough to have Nabokov as a professor. It's fascinating to learn the insights of this literary giant -- an avid reader, translator and scholar himself -- particularly regarding Russian literature. Who else but Nabokov could be qualified to pick an artistic bone with Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment?
After arriving in the U.S. in 1940, Nabokov took up various college teaching positions (most notably at Cornell, where he taught for ten years). It was probably inevitable that his satirical sensibility would be tickled by academia; this and his love of literary scholarship is evident in both Pale Fire and Pnin.