Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0001497, Mon, 2 Dec 1996 17:44:15 -0800

Re: teen readers (fwd)
From: NanceSea@aol.com

Mr Williams posted:
If I had a teenager I wanted to read Nabokov, I think I'd say something to
the effect of: "No. You're too young to be reading Nabokov."

As someone, and I am sure not the only someone in this group, who as a teen
was reading books "far beyond my years" I am offended by the ageist and
puritanical attitude of this remark. Being chronologically challenged does
not necessarily imply a lack of comprehension and maturity far beyond many
people of greater years. I think encouraging bright and intellectually
curious youth to expand their horizons and discover new writers and thought
is the responsibility of all, whether they be academics or just parents,
relatives or friends.

Nance Morris