Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0002637, Wed, 17 Dec 1997 13:13:48 -0800

Re: Pale Fire (fwd)
To: Vladimir Nabokov Forum <NABOKV-L@UCSBVM.ucsb.edu>
Subject: Re: Pale Fire

From: Matthew Morris <mmorris@netunlimited.net>

With all due respect to Ms. Stringer-Hye, I disagree.
VN was sane and talented enough to invent both of them.
Shade could inherit all qualities of his creator.
Why would he be incapable of inventing K.?


> Shade was not mad enought to invent Kinbote.
> Kinbote had not enough talent to invent Shade.

Not to digress on this digression, but isn't Kinbote the real genius of
PALE FIRE? Shade, with his homespun poetry, was, after all, always "one
oozy step behind Frost." But Kinbote is a real poet, a divinely-inspired