NABOKV-L post 0009053, Thu, 18 Dec 2003 07:59:04 -0800

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----- Original Message -----
From: nabokov
To: don barton johnson
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2003 5:56 AM
Subject: DN replies to Dane Gill's questions.


1. It was 1947. We were blissfully summering in Estes Park, Colorado. I was thrteen. I accompanied my father on butterfly rambles, and climbed Long's Peak, my first serious mountain. Henry Holt had just published Bend Sinister, with its sinister, purple, lightning-streaked dust jacket. Father decided I was ready, and gave me a copy to read. It made a deep impression on me.

2. The first visit I made, or wanted to make, was in 1995. I was a guest at the "White Nights" of St-Petersburg, and treated royally. Besides the then-embryonic VN Museum at our former town house, I visited the only one of our country mansions still standing, although recently damaged by fire. It was promised to me, but nothing has come of that. I lectured at the Public Library, and was guest of honor at a formal ball at the Peterhof, more or less on the model of other times, to honor the reopening of its fountains, and sang there briefly with the great Irina Arhipova.

Grreetings,

DN
-----Original Message-----
From: Sandy Klein [mailto:sk@starcapital.net]
Sent: mercredi, 17. décembre 2003 22:07
To: cangrande@bluewin.ch
Subject: Fw: A Few Questions for DN


From: D. Barton Johnson [mailto:chtodel@cox.net]
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2003 1:47 PM
To: NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU
Subject: Fw: A Few Questions for DN



----- Original Message -----

From: "Dane Gill" <pennyparkerpark@hotmail.com>



Greetings

I was just wondering:

1. What was the first VN novel you read, and at what age?

2. When did you first (if ever) visit Russia/USSR?

Thank You

Dane Gill