NABOKV-L post 0006952, Tue, 22 Oct 2002 18:57:42 -0700

Fw: "REALITY" -- Nabokov or Campbell?
"REALITY" -- Nabokov or Campbell?
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From: Rodney Welch
To: Vladimir Nabokov Forum
Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2002 5:56 PM
Subject: "REALITY" -- Nabokov or Campbell?

Glad you brought up this quote, because I've always wondered who said it first.

Some years ago, I encountered a similar aphorism attributed to Joseph Campbell, the follow-your-bliss myth scholar who enjoyed a spate of posthumous popularity in the late 1980s.

A web search turns up the following: "There is no way you can use the word "reality" without quotation marks around it." < Joseph Campbell. (I found it at the following site:

No idea when he said it, what context or what year -- but please dear God someone relieve my mind that Campbell stole it from VN, and not the other way around.

Rodney Welch
Columbia, SC
EDNOTE. VN dared his LOLITA Afterword as Nov 12, 1956. Campbell's _Hero with a Thousand Faces_ was 1948 but I don't if his reality quote was in it. I can't image VN quoting Campbell.