Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0001233, Mon, 19 Aug 1996 15:24:25 -0700

Re: Rilke (fwd)
EDITOR'S NOTE. BETH SWEENEY <SWEENEY@hcacad.holycross.edu> replies to
Nassim Berdjis' query re Rilke's "Panther."

Just for the record, in response to Charles' reply, I was that somebody
(who attempted in vain to document the influence of Rilke's "Der
Panther" on LOLITA). I never did find any conclusive evidence. Since
then, however, it has also occurred to me that VN may have also had in
mind the imitative Ourang-Outang in Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue,"
which ends up, I believe, in the Jardin des Plantes. (Poe's influence,
of course, is much easier to document!)

-- Beth Sweeney