NABOKV-L post 0003552, Sat, 26 Dec 1998 13:07:12 -0800

VN style check

In the dark, by-gone days of my professorate, I would occasionally
assign a VN paragraph for close stylistic analysis. Give this one
(submitted by Phil Howerton) a shot. It is drawn from Nabokov's
pseudo-/auto-review of _Speak, Memory_.
Not more than a paragraph or a numbered series of points.

"IN the course of its (themes) it (Speak, Memory) guides the author into
new regions of life. The diamond pattern of art and the muscles of
sinuous memory are combined in one strong and supple movement and produce
a style that seems to slip through grass and flowers toward the warm flat
stone upon which it will richly coil."


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