Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0005566, Mon, 23 Oct 2000 13:36:17 -0700

1.The 15 Oct 2000 NYTBR offers Brit. novelist, William Boyd's review (p.
9) of _Loving Graham Greene_ by Gloria Emerson. Boyd open:
"It's very easy to develop a healthy obsession with a favorite author --
I have a couple of lengthy trysts going on with Cyril Connolly and William
Gerhardie -- though my heart belongs to Nabokov -- and bexcause the
relationship between writer and reader is so unusually intimate ..., it's
also very easy for that obsession to become a little unhinged."

Passing thought.William Gerhardie, born of an English family living in
Petersburg, was a co-eval of VN. Leaving Russia round the time of the
revolution he became a novelist and in his later years something of a cult
figure. His memoir is called _Memoirs of a Polyglot_. His archives are at
Cambridge (UK) and in the U.S. and might prove interesting as a small
sidelight on VN.

2. Frederic Raphael (ho wrote the hostile review of ten new Atlas Bio of
Saul Bellow) was, I see, the script writer for Kubrick's last film, _Eyes
Wide Shut_ that has been playing on HBO lately.