Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0003461, Tue, 3 Nov 1998 09:15:20 -0800

Re: VN Bibliography (fwd)
I would like to hear other comments on the idea that Nabokov was one the
happiest writers who ever lived. I am currently working on a paper
examining how Nabokov used a personified Memory in Speak, Memory (read as a
command) to act as both a filter and a barrier to his own past. By
idealizing the "legendary Russia of [his] youth," isn't he protecting
himself from the painful uprooting from his native country? I'm having
difficulty deciding whether Nabokov should be admired or pitied for his
aloofness. Input on this topic would be greatly appreciated.
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From: Rodney Welch <rwelch@SCEES.org>
To: NABOKV-L@UCSBVM.ucsb.edu
Date: Monday, November 02, 1998 10:15 AM
Subject: Re: VN Bibliography (fwd)

>Most curious. I always thought Nabokov represented the exactly opposite
>idea. His best works do not seem to me borne out of personal misery; in
>fact, he seems to be one of the happiest writers who ever lived.
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>From: Donald Barton Johnson [mailto:chtodel@humanitas.ucsb.edu]
y>Sent: Saturday, October 31, 1998 2:33 PM
>To: NABOKV-L@UCSBVM.ucsb.edu
>Subject: VN Bibliography
>>From current Hamilton catalogue: Item 076538
>Leo Schneiderman: _The Literary Mind: Portraits in Pain and Creativity_.
>"Studies nine famous writers--Faulkner, Lillian Hellman, NABOKOV,
>O'Connor, Tennessee Williams, Cheever, Borges and Beckett--to illustrate
>the premise that deep personal suffering is an essential ingredient in
>creating great literature."243pp. Human Sciences. Paper. Pub. at $18.95.
>Sale price $2.95.