NABOKV-L post 0017817, Thu, 5 Mar 2009 17:48:52 -0800

VN on Dickens, Jekyll & Hyde

On Mar 5, 2009, at 12:28 PM, Nabokv-L wrote:

Further, I wonder how VN’s complex diagrams of the three personalities
involved in J&H tie in with the Shade-Kinbote “split-personality”
theory. S K-B

Dear Stan,

I'm glad we are speaking to each other - - much nicer. Thank you for
reminding me about the lecture on Bleak House - - I should have known
that Nabokov would have the good sense to admire Dickens, who has been
in declining favor with academics for fifty years or more.

I'm not too sure that I understand what you mean about three
personalities - - in Jekyll and Hyde there are only two. I think in
his lecture Nabokov was showing that the two personalities Jekyll and
Hyde share some areas in what? Jekyll's brain perhaps? But surely
there are only two personalities?


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