Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0005247, Fri, 30 Jun 2000 18:21:23 -0700

Re: Fitzgerald in The New Yorker (fwd)
From: john.rea <john.rea@gateway.net>

When I was in the first quarter of my post MA doctoral
work, hesitating between Comp Lit and Linguistics a veddy distinguished
professor of LITERATURE told me, "Rea, learn the languages. Then you
can read the literature for yourself." I took his advice, did
the LIN, and have been reading ever since!

> I think the "is capable" is significant.
> I don't consider myself an idiot, but I daresay I would not
> "understand" artists like Borges, Robbe-Grillet, Eco or Nabokov (for that
> matter) without the benefit of some instruction. I'm "capable" of
> "understanding" them but wouldn't without help.