NABOKV-L post 0018743, Wed, 4 Nov 2009 23:27:16 EST

Re: Fw: [NABOKV-L] Frost/Shade Query
In a message dated 11/4/2009 8:26:59 PM Central Standard Time,
clayton.smith42@GMAIL.COM writes:
> The material regarding frost starts about half way down. In particular,
> the quoted poem "Of a Winter Evening" is a fairly strong tie. While Frost
> was not the only model for Shade, Nabokov was certainly very aware of the
> man and his work, having lived almost in his shadow--renting Frost's house (a
> la Kinbote's habituation) and appearing along with him at several poetry
> readings.
> ~cs
VN rented Frost's house? This is news to me. Would Brian Boyd comment?

As far as I can tell, VN shared a reading with Frost once, at an event at a
Silene's Department Store (was it in Boston?) where VN read "An Evening of
Russian Poetry" as an opening act. Apparently they also met at a party at
one point where RF was "rude" to VN. This is about it, as far as I can
recall. I stand to be corrected.

I can't imagine what VN would have said re. Frost's trip to "debate" with
Nikita in Russia.

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