NABOKV-L post 0011857, Tue, 13 Sep 2005 11:23:35 -0700

Re: Fwd: Re: Centerwall etc...

I shall look for the article and see if I can post it to the list.
While we don't know if Centerwall has called Nabokov a pedophile,
we do know that Jo Morgan has. Still, of course, that does not make
her claim that Nabokov had been molested as a child untrue. I agree
that Nabokov does have a high degree of sensitivity to the pain of
children subjected to abuse by adults, but couching the argument in
terms of "closet child advocate" (this quote may be innacurate it's
what I remember of a now deleted JM message) again belies an agenda
that undermines the credibility of the point. (Which of course
doesn't mean it's still not true:>))


--On Tuesday, September 13, 2005 9:14 AM -0700 "Donald B. Johnson"
<> wrote:

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> Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 07:01:45 -0800
> From: Carolyn Kunin <>
> Reply-To: Carolyn Kunin <>
> Subject: Re: Centerwall etc...
> To: Vladimir Nabokov Forum
>> Personally I find it incendiary and sensationalistic and
>> therefore dishonest, to label someone a pedophile without
>> voluminous evidence and to my mind, activity, even if you mean
>> it in the strictest sense of the word (OED definition
>> follows)and even if you could prove that that person HAD been
>> molested as a child by an adult
> Dear Suellen Stringer-Hye,
> I agree with you. If Centerwall has labeled VN himself as a
> pedophile, he had neither right nor reason to do so. The only
> part of the theory that interests me is the possibility that VN
> had been himself molested as a child. That unfortunately makes
> devastating sense which I should hasten to add, doesn't make it
> true.
> Carolyn
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Suellen Stringer-Hye
Vanderbilt University
Email: suellen.stringer-hye@Vanderbilt.Edu

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