NABOKV-L post 0024211, Thu, 9 May 2013 21:32:20 -0700

Re: Responses from Carolyn Kunin on birthday and muscat
Dear Jansy,

Your post prompted me to look up this date, July 5, 1915, to see if anything
exciting happened. Not really - but two days later the Lusitania The ship's name
was taken from Lusitania, an ancient Roman province on the west of Iberian
Peninsula the region that now is Portugal.was sunk, so that's something. Jean
Cocteau was born July 5, 1899. I doubt Nabokov knew or cared. Sarah Siddons,
famous British actress was born 7/5/1755.

You don't suppose Nabokov was making fun of the 4th of July? Why the fifth?

Others born on this day include P.T. Barnum, Cecil Rhodes, Wanda Landowska,
Dolly the Sheep, Henry Cabot Lodge, Janos Starker, Georges Pompidous and George
Costakis. Oh, and Shirley Knight (I like her, saw her on the stage a few years
back), quite a few footballers (soccer players) - that's about it.


From: Jansy <jansy@AETERN.US>
Sent: Thu, May 9, 2013 6:38:04 PM
Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] Responses from Carolyn Kunin on birthday and muscat

Jerry Friedman:"Kinbote tells us several times that Shade was born on July 5,
1898. He also tells us that he told Sybil that day was also his birthday (n.
181) and that as King Charles he met Disa during his birthday celebration on
July 5, 1947 (n. 275), not that I believe him about either. Finally, he says
that when Gradus saw a mention of July 1, 1979, in the New York Times, he
thought he'd be 64 four days later, which puts his birthday on July 5 (n.
949). That also means his birth year as 1915, the same as Kinbote's. I'm
embarrassed to see I left that reference to n. 949 out of my timeline. I may
fix it.

Jansy Mello: In the midst of innumerous postings, sent two days ago, I
mentioned the quote you need issuing directly from Kinbote's pen:
" Charles Kinbote notes that "are not birthdays mere conventions? Conventions
or not, but it was my birthday too — small difference of sixteen years, that’s
all." Kinbote was not born when Shade turned 11, but 16 ( in July 5,1915?).

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