Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0027181, Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:05:57 +0000

RES: [NABOKV-L] LOL: Laughing Out Loud Moments While Reading
PUNCH, magazine of humour and satire, ran from 1841-2002. A very British institution renowned internationally for its wit and irreverence, it introduced the term ' Cartoon ' as we know it today and published the works of great comic writers and poets such as W.M. Thackeray, Mayhew, P.G. Wodehouse, Sir John Betjeman, Alan Coren and Miles Kington amongst others. Its political and social cartoons swayed governments, capturing life in detail from the 19th and 20th centuries. The finest cartoonists appeared in Punch- legends like Tenniel, Du Maurier, Shepard, Pont, Illingworth, Fougasse, R.S. Sherriffs, Trog and Searle.
[ ]The first edition of Punch was published on July 17th, 1841. Its founders, wood engraver Ebenezer Landells and writer Henry Mayhew, got the idea for the magazine from a satirical French paper, Le Charivari (the first issue was subtitled, "The London Charivari"). Landells insisted that Punch should be less bitter than other British comic publications and of a higher literary standard. The name was hit upon at an early meeting – someone remarked that the magazine should be like a good Punch mixture – nothing without Lemon (referring to Mark Lemon, the magazine’s first editor), whereupon Mayhew shouted “ A capital idea! Let us call the paper Punch!”

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Enviada em: sábado, 24 de setembro de 2016 17:08
Assunto: [NABOKV-L] LOL: Laughing Out Loud Moments While Reading Nabokov

To assist with an ongoing project, I recently re-read "Laughter in the Dark" and I'm almost done re-reading "Look at the Harlequins!" and I don't recall the novels being as funny the first time that I read them. There were a lot moments in the books that made me smile, which I marked in the margins with a lonely LOL, but there are other moments where the acronym gets an accompanying exclamation point that indicates that I literally laughed out loud - on the subway. Here's an example of a LOL where Albinus and Margot are frolicking at the beach: He splashed in after her. She turned toward him, laughing, spitting, wiping the wet hair from her eyes. He attempted to duck her, then caught her by the ankle and she kicked and screamed. An Englishwoman who was lolling in a deck-chair beneath a mauve sunshade reading "Punch" turned to her husband, a red-faced, white-hatted man squatting on the sand, and said:“Look at that German romping about with his daughter. Now, don’t be so lazy, William. Take the children out for a good swim.” p 114
[ ]By the way, there's a copy of the 1969 film adaption of "Laughter in the Dark" on Archives.org. And please feel free to share any annotations (e.g., Is "Punch" a reference to an actual book?)

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