NABOKV-L post 0022082, Thu, 13 Oct 2011 19:57:46 +0000

Query: Anthony Adverse and Pale Fire?
Hello all,

One of my current projects involves slogging through the manuscript of Pale Fire. I recently came across a variant that seems to refer to a long, picaresque 1930s novel by Hervey Allen called Anthony Adverse. According to Wikipedia, it was turned into a movie starring, among others, Olivia de Havilland. The plot is not easily described, but one character, Angela, becomes an actress and a mistress to Napoleon, much like Iris Acht and Thurgus, perhaps. It’s a longshot, but I wonder if anyone on the list has any special knowledge of this book or its movie adaptation.

Matt Roth

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