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Vladimir Nabokov
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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Vladimir Nabokov
Also Known As:
Vladimir Sirin
Date of Birth:
April 23, 1899
Place of Birth:
St. Petersburg, Russia
Date of Death:
July 2, 1977
Place of Death:
Montreux, Switzerland
Trinity College, Cambridge, 1922

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Selected Works

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								Lolita, Author: 
								Vladimir Nabokov.

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by Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov's story of the famously twisted Humbert Humbert's love affair with a young "nymphette" was called by Vanity Fair "The only convincing love story of our century."

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								Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle, Author: 
								Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov.
*  Despair: A Novel (1936)
*  Lolita (1955)
*  Pnin (1957)
*  Pale Fire (1962)
*  Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle (1969)
*  Vintage Nabokov (2004)

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A Nabokov Sampler

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								Vintage Nabokov, Author: 
								Vladimir Nabokov.

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Vintage Nabokov
by Vladimir Nabokov
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

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								Lectures on Russian Literature, Author: 
								Vladimir Nabokov, Fredson Bowers (Editor).

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Lectures on Russian Literature
by 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?

*Lectures on Literature  by Vladimir Nabokov, Fredson Bowers (Editor), John Updike (Introduction)
*Lectures on Don Quixote  by Vladimir Nabokov, Foreword by Guy Davenport, Preface by Fredson Bowers
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								Pale Fire, Author: 
								Vladimir Nabokov.

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Pale Fire
by Vladimir Nabokov
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.

*Pnin  by Vladimir Nabokov