Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0004893, Wed, 15 Mar 2000 11:20:52 -0800

Mary McCarthy & PALE FIRE
McCarthy-Nabokov in five plus three:

McCARTHY -- harm cyt (se.cit.) (notable tendency)
book van--NABOKOV (ditto)

Arnold Goldman
University of Manchester

Could someone please explain the last part of the letter? It's beyond
Phillip Iannarelli, Cleveland, Ohio
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It looks like a combinatino of anagrams and word golf. Changing one
letter, go from McCarthy to Nabokov (though you have to leave out the
"c" in McCarthy. MCARTHY is anagrammed into HARM CYT, each of those is
word golfed HARM to BOOK in five steps, CYT to VAN in three steps, then
BOOK VAN is anagrammed to Nabokov.

That answers the questions What and How. But I'm still baffled as to

Jay Livingston