Annotations to Nabokov works:
The annotations maintain a consistent format but the depth of annotations, and the degree of interpretation, vary according to the annotators.
Please edit typos as you notice them, but contact the annotators to propose more substantial changes.
Ada Headnote by Brian Boyd
AdaOnline by Brian Boyd (separate website): Annotations (full, interlinked, and with images) from Pt 1 Ch 1 to Pt 2 Ch 9.
Bend Sinister Annotations by Zoran Kuzmanovich (more to come)
See also R. Bowie's annotations on Shakespeare in Chapter 7, The Nabokovian No. 32, Spring 1994
Also: Bend Sinister: Christian Motifs, annotations by Mary Ross, published November 2023.
The Defense Annotations by Tadashi Wakashima; Headnote by Zoran Kuzmanovich
The Gift [Temporarily unavailable] Annotations by Yuri Leving. This website is designed to provide the reader of Vladimir Nabokov’s The Gift with a quick and convenient reference regarding various aspects of the narrative. Concordance, visual commentary, electronic appendices and indexes (Dramatis personae, Flora and fauna, Color distribution, and Toponymy) serve as a supplement to the printed edition: Yuri Leving. Keys to The Gift. A Guide to V. Nabokov’s Novel (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2011).
Glory Annotations by Stephen Blackwell (coming soon)
King, Queen, Knave Annotations by Anastasia Tolstoy
Lectures on Russian Literature by Eric Naiman, Thomas Dyne, Elizabeth Geballe, Chloë Kitzinger, Anna Muza and Kit Pribble
Lolita Annotations by Marie Bouchet and team (in preparation)
Pale Fire Annotations by Matthew Roth
Speak, Memory Annotations by Brian Boyd
Strong Opinions Annotations by David Rampton (more to come)
Transparent Things Annotations by Akiko Nakata
"The Visit to the Museum" Annotations by Olga Voronina (coming soon)
Substantial French-language annotations of Nabokov's works can be found in Vladimir Nabokov, Œuvres romanesques complètes, in the renowned Pléiade series, a three-volume edition published under the general editorship of Maurice Couturier. Volume I appeared in 1999, Volume II in 2010, Volume III in 2021. For contents of the three volumes, see below.
Volume I, Gallimard, 1999
Machenka, annotated by Laure Troubetzkoy
Roi, Dame, Valet, annotated by Suzanne Fraysse
La Défense Loujine, annotated by Bernard Kreise
Le Guetteur, annotated by Alexandre Dolinin
L’Exploit, annotated by Maurice Couturier and Laure Troubetzkoy
Rire dans la nuit, annotated by Christine Raguet-Bouvart
Chambre obscure (first translation), annotated by Laure Troubetzkoy
La Méprise, annotated by Wladimir Troubetzkoy
Inivtation au supplice, annotated by Bernard Kreise
Volume II, Gallimard, 2010
Le Don, annotated by Alexandre Dolinin
La Vraie de Sebastian Knight, annotated by Maurice Couturier
L’Enchanteur, annotated by Laure Troubetzkoy
Brisure à senestre, annotated by René Alladaye
Lolita, annotated by Maurice Couturier
Autres rivages, annotated by Brian Boyd
Volume III, Gallimard 2021
Pnin, annotated by Maurice Couturier
Feu pâle, annotated by Maurice Couturier
Ada, annotated by Agnès Edel-Roy, Marie Bouchet, Monica Manolescu, Yannicke Chupin
La Transparence des choses,annotated by René Alladaye
Regarde, regarde les Arlequins !, annotated by René Alladaye
L’Original de Laura, annotated by René Alladaye
The German Gesammelte Werke editions, published by Rowohlt under the general editorship of Dieter E. Zimmer, and many edited by Zimmer himself, also have detailed annotations.
Russian editions with substantial annotations include the Symposium edition (10 volumes, St. Petersburg, 1999) and the recent Corpus editions, under the editorship of Andrei Babikov (Moscow, 2020- ).