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> EDNOTE. I happened upon the Nabokov entry in the on-line Encyclopedia
Britannica. I don't know what relationship the on-line version has to the
paper one, but the digital version entry is by VN's first biographer Andrew
Field. In general the entry covers the facts but I noted one curiosity which
you will find in the longer paragraph below. Field, as you know, has been
rather harshly treated by several of his critics -- among other things for
some slips about Russian history and VN's personal history.
> I daresay, he knows that Pnin is NOT an entomolgist. Pninologist Galya
Diment says Pnin has a degree inlaw fromn Prague.Scholars, including the
present writer, now and then find that editors do strange things to their
texts. Such may well be the case here.
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> You can read the whole article online at
http://search.eb.com/eb/article?eu=55974.
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> Nabokov, Vladimir
> Encyclopц╕dia Britannica Article
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> born April 22, 1899, St. Petersburg, Russia
> died July 2, 1977, Montreux, Switz.
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> in full Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
> Russian-born American novelist and critic, the foremost of the post-1917
ц╘migrц╘ authors. He wrote in both Russian and English, and his best works,
including Lolita (1955), feature stylish, intricate literary effects.
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> while continuing to write poetry, he experimented with drama and even
collaborated on several unproduced motion-picture scenarios. By 1925 he
settled upon prose as his main genre. His first short story had already been
published in Berlin in 1924. His first novel, Mashenka (Mary), appeared in
1926; it was avowedly autobiographical and contains descriptions of the
young Nabokov's first serious romance as well as of the Nabokov family
estate, both of which are also described in Speak, Memory. Nabokov did not
again draw so heavily upon his personal experience as he had in Mashenka
until his episodic novel about an ц╘migrц╘ professor of entomology in the
United States, Pnin (1957), which is to some extent based on his experiences
while teaching (1948Б─⌠58) Russian and European literature at Cornell
University, Ithaca, N.Y.
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> Andrew Field
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> To cite this page:
> "Nabokov, Vladimir" Encyclopц╕dia Britannica
> <http://search.eb.com/eb/article?eu=55974>
> [Accessed December 21, 2002].
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> б╘ 2002 Encyclopц╕dia Britannica Inc.
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