Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0005200, Fri, 23 Jun 2000 20:00:31 -0700

Re: Nabokov and Autism (fwd)
From: mary krimmel <mkrimmel@sciti.com>

It takes only the first paragraph of Kurt Johnson's report on the
"Asperger's syndrome" article to make me say "Luzhin".

Mary Krimmel

>From: "Johnson, Kurt" <JohnsonK@Coudert.com>
>Re: Nabokov and Autism--
>"The Little Professor Syndrome"
>New York Times Magazine, June 18, 2000, p. 54
>by Lawrence Osborne
>This article is about "Asperger's syndrome" a recently diagnosed form of
>autism, according to the article. I suppose the controversial matter is the
>mention of Nabokov in this regard (I'll get to that). It appears that
>Asperger's syndrome is a form of autism indicated by extreme precosity in
>youth, combined with various physical symptoms (extreme sensitivity to noise
>etc.), general lack of social skills, restricted and unusual patterns of
>behavior and interests, often connected to striking precosity in languages,
>which blossoms in adulthood to remarkable, if not sometimes strange,
>talents, interests and interest/obsessions, manifestations of genius in
>restricted areas etc.