Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0003309, Mon, 17 Aug 1998 12:42:05 -0700

Para Nabokoviana: An obscure Pale Fire allusion (fwd)
From: John_Lavagnino@Brown.edu

A new Victoria's Secret catalogue ("Fall Preview Vol. 1 No. 1 '98")
has the legend "pale fire" in inch-high letters across the middle of
page 11. The reference seems to be pretty general--- the products
shown on pages 10 and 11 are all in fairly pale colors, and they are
described as "European-inspired". I like to think there's a literate
copywriter out there who suggested this as a subtle allusion to
Kinbote's note to line 91, in which he offers a description of a
(male) underwear ad.

John Lavagnino