I'm aware of Nabokov's Russian translation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, and I've come across many references to the role of chess in Pale Fire and Through the Looking-Glass (1871).
I haven't seen any mention of Pale Fire's structural and thematic similarities with Carroll's later novel(s) Sylvie and Bruno (1889) and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded (1893). I realise I may be looking in all the wrong places . . .
Here's a quick overview of the novels' structure:
Sylvie and Bruno
- Epigraph (Carroll's poem 'Is Life but A Dream'. The poem's opening line ''Is all our Life, then, but a dream?' echoes the final line in the 'Whichever Dreamed It?' poem at the end of Through the Looking-Glass ("Life, what is it but a dream!")).
- Table of Contents
Sylvie and Bruno Concluded
- Epigraph (Carroll's poem beginning: "Dreams, that elude the waker's frenzied grasp")
- Table of Contents / List of Illustrations
I haven't yet read the novel(s), but the Wikipedia summary intrigues me: "The novel has two main plots: one set in the real world at the time the book was published (the Victorian era), the other in the fantasy world of Fairyland. While the latter plot is a fairy tale with many nonsense elements and poems, similar to Carroll's Alice books, the story set in Victorian Britain is a social novel, with its characters discussing various concepts and aspects of religion, society, philosophy and morality."
Potential New Wye/Zembla and Victorian Britain/Fairyland echoes?
If anyone on this forum's written about possible links between the books, or come across any papers, references, etc., please let me know.