Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0001226, Fri, 16 Aug 1996 14:40:30 -0700

EDITORIAL NOTE. Alphonse Vinh's recent query re VN and footnotes stemmed
in part form an article in the NYTimes by Willian Honan. (AUg. 14 p. 9)
I pass on a couple of short quotes from the article. The second one
sounds not at all unlike some of VN's note in his EUGENE ONEGIN commentaries.

"In a celebrated spoof of scholarly writing a generation ago, the
humorist Frank Sullivan quipped, ''Give a footnote an inch, and it'll
take a foot.'' Academicians were not amused....
The longest footnote Professor Grafton said he found appeared in a
book called ''The History of Northumberland'' by John Hodgson published
in 1840. It ran for 165 pages."