Tuesday, June 21st, at 7pm: Talk on Lolita and Edgar Allan Poe
Hello dear colleagues and friends,
Some of you know that I study Poe as well as Nabokov. I'm bringing these two interests together tomorrow night as part of Poe Baltimore's year-long celebration of Virginia Poe's bicentennial. Why did Nabokov consider titling Lolita either A Kingdom by the Sea or Ginny, the nickname for a heroine who might have been called Virginia rather than Dolores? I'll be discussing Virginia Poe's influence on Nabokov's novel; on Annabel Leigh, Ginny McCoo, and Dolores Haze; and on different aspects of Humbert's defense, as he construes it in his confession.