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by Brian Boyd (Columbia University Press)

The long and fervent essay in Stalking Nabokov, and Boyd's new edition of an unencumbered "Pale Fire", compel us to reexamine the poem as an autonomous whole. And the exercise is epiphanic. For the first time we see the poem in all its innocence, and register the vandalism of Kinbote's desperate travesty On the timbre of Nabokov's artistic spirit Boyd is fundamentally right-headed..

Nabokov was a celebrator; and the secret of his prose is its divine levity [ Boyd is also something of an apologist for the only significant embarrassment in the Nabokov corpus Boyd ignores the paedophilia theme To be as clear as one can be: the unignorable infestation of nymphets in Nabokov is not a matter of morality; it is a matter of aesthetics.

There are just too many of them Panegyric is rightly regarded as the dullest and idlest of all literary forms.

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Long passages on Nabokov throughout; see especially Chapter 5. His work on American, Brazilian, English, Greek, Irish, New Zealand, and Russian literature, from epics to comics, has appeared in seventeen languages and has won awards on four continents. Zunshine, Lisa ed. Moskva: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, Please upgrade your browser. Birmingham: Dept.

In our attempts to evaluate Nabokov's feverish shimmer, with its "distant spasms of silent lightning", we have nothing to adduce but our own helpless subjectivism; that, and quotation Copyright by Andrew Field. Site overview. Who's new Grace Skidmore.

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Imagine it. When he ran short of money while doing research at Cornell, he writes, he would climb aboard Greyhound buses moving like metronomes in the rural night so as to save the price of a room.

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He tells of the personal drama that arose from his publishing details he knew Nabokov would have wanted kept secret. This essay collection is about that process — as well as a great many other things.

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The collection contains essays in which Boyd is writing as biographer and others in which he is writing as critic. More so than many a biographical critic or critical biographer , he does not read the work through the life or the life through the work in any facile way.

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At the age of twenty-one, Brian Boyd wrote a thesis on Vladimir Nabokov that the famous author called "brilliant." After gaining exclusive access to the writer's. At the age of twenty-one, Brian Boyd wrote a thesis on Vladimir Nabokov that the famous author called "brilliant." After gaining exclusive access to the writer's archives, he wrote a two-part, award-winning biography, Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years () and Vladimir Nabokov.

Nabokov and Others. His work on American, Brazilian, English, Greek, Irish, New Zealand, and Russian literature, from epics to comics, has appeared in seventeen languages and has won awards on four continents.

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He has edited Nabokov's English fiction, autobiography, butterfly writings, and verse translations and is now editing a collection of the author's letters to his wife. He is currently working on a biography of the philosopher Karl Popper.

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