NABOKV-L post 0010846, Mon, 20 Dec 2004 09:40:01 -0800

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Fwd: Re: Hugh Grant & VN's _Speak, Memory_
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Background info on this posting, from VNCOLLATION#13

---Suellen

The Daily Mirror on July 7, 1995 ran this headline:

" HUGH LOSES LOLITA; PROSTITUTE INCIDENT LOSES HUGH GRANT LOLITA
FILM ROLE "
Apparently Hugh Grant was being considered for the role of Humbert
which Jeremy Irons is now slated to play. But Hugh Grant's
connection to Nabokov is deeper... Alison Pearson reports:


... a friend of Hugh Grant's ... told me something strange.
Wherever Hugh went, the friend said, he took the novels of Vladimir
Nabokov. Hugh was a Nabokov nut....




--On Friday, December 17, 2004 7:04 PM -0800 "D. Barton Johnson"
<chtodel@cox.net> wrote:

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> Hugh Grant to join judges panel for book award
> MSNBC - USA
> ... who studied English at Oxford University -- cited Kingsley
> Amis' "Lucky Jim," Philip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint," Vladimir
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> Hugh Grant to join judges panel for book award
> Actor will help judge the Whitbread Book of the Year Award
> The Associated Press
> Updated: 2:37 p.m. ET Dec. 16, 2004
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> LONDON - Organizers of the Whitbread Book of the Year Award have
> named Hugh Grant to the panel of judges for the 2004 prize.
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> Sponsor Whitbread PLC announced Wednesday that the 44-year-old
> star of “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Notting Hill” would
> join a panel that includes broadcasters Trevor McDonald and
> Mariella Frostrup, lawmaker Michael Portillo and Lord Hattersley,
> a former deputy leader of the Labour Party.
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> On the award’s Web site, Grant ? who studied English at Oxford
> University ? cited Kingsley Amis’ “Lucky Jim,” Philip Roth’s
> “Portnoy’s Complaint,” Vladimir Nabokov’s “Speak, Memory” and
> “The Blessing” by Nancy Mitford as his favorite books.
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> The annual Whitbread Book Awards were established in 1971 and are
> Britain’s longest-running literary competition. They are open to
> residents of Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
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> Winners in each of five categories ? novel, first novel,
> biography, poetry and children’s book ? will be announced Jan. 6.
> One of the five, selected by Grant and his fellow judges, will
> win the $58,000 book of the year prize on Jan. 25.
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> Previous celebrity judges have included model Jerry Hall and
> actor Ralph Fiennes.
> © 2004 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material
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Stringer-Hye, Suellen
Vanderbilt University
Email: suellen.stringer-hye@Vanderbilt.Edu

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