NABOKV-L post 0020573, Sun, 22 Aug 2010 11:48:10 -0400

Ginsburg as model for Kinbote?
Has anyone considered Allan Ginsberg as a model for Kinbote?
big reddish(?) brown beard; but was it big & bushy enough?
and, most importantly, chronologically correct?
Searched the archives and found nothing.
Lowell, I think, had said that Ginsberg influenced him to loosen his
style of verse, prosody.
Idle perhaps, but a little arresting to think of Lowell and Ginsberg
as the models for Shade and Kinbote!
(Lowell, though a tall, strapping youth, was kind of pudgy but bipolar
in middle age.)
Any thoughts?

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