Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0003326, Sat, 22 Aug 1998 15:50:51 -0700

Re: Sentimentality in VN (fwd)
>From Earl Sampson (esampson@cu.campus.mci.net)

<P>Several excellent definitions of sentimentality (or guidelines for detecting
it) have already been offered; I would just like to pass on a handy two-word
definition that a colleague, Dale Plank, used to cite (sorry, I don't remember
his source): sentimentality is "unearned emotion." If one should want to
discuss the issue in a class, at a conference, or whatever, I think that
would serve as a good starting point.