NABOKV-L post 0024516, Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:56:15 -0400

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Re: [Query] Nabokov in anthologies/readers
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I have some very vague recollections
(don't know the year, 70s, 80s?... a dream?... an invented memory?)
of stumbling across in some anthology
an excerpt from the poem Pale Fire.
I recall distinctly not liking it & being surprised by that,
probably due to VN's reputation.

There are anthologies of later 20th century poetry,
20th century poetry, modern poetry...
It would be useful to know which are most popular,
meaning sells the most. You might scan these.
I would assume a few of these may contain something...

It seems to me that Pale Fire & Delores Hayes
are both deeply ironic and so need to be
received either as a whole, in the case of the poem Pale Fire,
or in context, in the case of Delores Hayes.

Hence these pieces might not read
well in anthologies, though they are
probably to be valued there,
but mainly as documentation.

For what it's worth,
~/gsl.


On Aug 18, 2013, at 9:14 AM, Simon.Rowberry wrote:

> Many thanks to all who have responded to my query.
>
> Jansy's examples of a Portuguese translation of Chekhov being introduced by the relevant Nabokovian Lecture is particularly interesting and from searching, I now see that Jekyll and Hyde and Bleak House have featured extracts from Nabokov's Lectures. All of this is an excellent indication of Nabokov's literary afterlife.
>
> Michael Juliar's work on an updated bibliography is vital work and I am glad to see that a new category will be added for these sorts of compilations. I also agree that for a bibliographer, a comprehensive list of Nabokov's appearance in anthologies is a momentous task. They are of immense value, however, to understanding Nabokov's reception and literary afterlife in understanding Nabokov's importance within the network (I purposeful avoid using the word "canon" here) of various literatures.
>
> The Library of America compilations demonstrate the importance of Nabokov's work within American Literature but he is not present in the Norton Anthology of American Literature or Norton Anthology of World Literature. The Library of America's 20th century American poetry compilation features Humbert's "Wanted, Dolores Haze" poem and "On Translating 'Eugene Onegin.'" Is this representative of Nabokov's poetry output? Obviously economics, taste and other external influences factor the inclusion or gap of Nabokov's works in various anthologies, but even from a small sample of these re-uses, we can see certain works are re-used more than others. These anthologies are more likely to be gateway readers for Nabokov too, as a reader may stumble across Nabokov due to a generic interest in science fiction, for example.
>
> Best,
> Simon
> From: Vladimir Nabokov Forum [NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU] on behalf of Michael Juliar [michael@JULIAR.COM]
> Sent: 17 August 2013 23:37
> To: NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU
> Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] [Query] Nabokov in anthologies/readers
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> There are not many compilations of Nabokov's works in English. But there are many (maybe a couple hundred) in Russian, most unauthorized. Though I didn't create a separate section for them in the 1986 bibliography, they were included in the A items. Now, however, separate sections for them are part of my revised and updated edition plan. They will be added to the draft pages you can see on my blog, Nabokov in Print, at vnbiblio.com, after I complete the A items (I'm just finishing them up now with the final entry for all the Lolitas) and the D items (translations). The compilations will be known as L items. Compilations in translation by others will be known as M items.
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> A few more examples of L items in English that Rowberry missed:
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> Vintage Nabokov
> The three volumes from the Library of America
> Plays: Lolita: A Screenplay, The Tragedy of Mister Morn
> A Guide to Berlin and Other Stories (published in Japan)
> Time and Ebb (published in France)
>
> I wouldn't include the various Playboy short story collections since they are anthology's of many authors with only one work by Nabokov each time. If someone wanted to track down the inclusions of individual Nabokov's works in all such anthologies, he could construct a pile higher than the Admiralty Spire.
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> And while talking about publisher-driven books, one could make a case for the extractions from Penguin: We Came to Know...(Lolita); Now Remember (Speak, Memory); Terra Incognita (The Collected Stories); Cloud, Castle, Lake (The Collected Stories); and other variations.
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> Michael Juliar
> michael@juliar.com
>
>
>
> On Aug 16, 2013, at 4:22 AM, Simon.Rowberry <Simon.Rowberry@UNIMAIL.WINCHESTER.AC.UK> wrote:
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>> Dear Nabokovians,
>>
>> I am looking for examples of Nabokov's works being collected in anthologies or compiled into Nabokov readers and would be grateful for any further examples. From memory, I don't believe Michael Juliar's descriptive bibliography has a section for these. N.B. I am excluding the short stories and poetry collections from this and am most interested in works that are publisher driven.
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>> Currently I know about:
>> Nabokov's Congeries/Portable Nabokov
>> Collin's Nabokov Collection
>> Playboy Short Stories
>> Nabokov's Novellas (Penguin): The Eye, The Enchanter & TOoL
>>
>> Many thanks,
>> Simon Rowberry
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