NABOKV-L post 0023126, Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:54:42 -0300

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A. Sklyarenko: "Mascodagama's spectacular success in a theatrical club that habitually limited itself to Elizabethan plays, with queen and fairies played by pretty boys, made first of all a great impact on cartoonists. Deans, local politicians, national statesmen, and of course the current ruler of the Golden Horde were pictured as mascodagamas by topical humorists. A grotesque imitator (who was really Mascodagama himself in an oversophisticated parody of his own act!) was booed at Oxford (a women's college nearby) by local rowdies. (Ada, 1.30). According to Pushkin, England is the home country of cartoon and parody: [snip]."

JM: AS reminded me of a particular passage in ADA, in which Uncle Dan is, himself, a living cartoon (as most of his gestures, perplexities and world-travels were).
Would the Red Veen be inspired on someone Nabokov knew?

"Uncle Dan was feeding. He wore suitable clothes for a suitably hot day in the country — namely, a candy-striped suit over a mauve flannel shirt and pique waistcoat, with a blue-and-red club tie and a safety-goldpinned very high soft collar (all his trim stripes and colors were a little displaced, though, in the process of comic strip printing, because it was Sunday)."



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