Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0001506, Wed, 4 Dec 1996 10:40:24 -0800

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

I know we were to let the subject die, but am I allowed a rebuttal?

If so...

I did see the reverse physchology aspect of the original suggestion, but I do
not view great literature as something we should have to get people to read
by making it look tempting in a negative way. Why not make it look tempting
in a positive way? Why not help bright teens find their way to great books
instead of giving them a forbidden air most commonly associated with alcohol,
cigarettes and drugs. Not the company I would want to force great literature
to keep. Perhaps I was a bit harsh and I apoligize, but I will not reverse
my opinon that introducing bright people, of any age, to great literature is
a serious responsibility that I would think we would all agree upon.