Shapiro, Gavriel. Robert Burness - Vladimir Nabokov's English Tutor. 2018

Bibliographic title
Robert Burness - Vladimir Nabokov's English Tutor
Periodical or collection
Nabokov Online Journal
Periodical issue
v. 12
Publication year

Gavriel Shapiro’s (Cornell University) study “Robert Burness — Vladimir Nabokov’s English Tutor” casts light on the life of Robert Burness (1873–1927), Vladimir Nabokov’s English tutor in St. Petersburg in 1907–1908. A native of Edinburgh and a graduate of Fettes College and of Oxford University, Burness made a name for himself as a prolific translator of Russian poetry. The article explores some biographical and literary parallels and affinities between the Scottish man of letters and the Russian-American writer of world renown.