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Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2002 5:56 PM
Subject: "REALITY" -- Nabokov or Campbell?
Glad you brought up this quote, because I've always wondered who said
Some years ago, I encountered a similar aphorism
attributed to Joseph Campbell, the follow-your-bliss myth scholar who enjoyed a
spate of posthumous popularity in the late 1980s.
A web search turns up
the following: "There is no way you can use the word "reality" without quotation
marks around it." ‹ Joseph Campbell. (I found it at the following site:
No idea when he said it,
what context or what year -- but please dear God someone relieve my mind that
Campbell stole it from VN, and not the other way around.
EDNOTE. VN dared his LOLITA Afterword as Nov 12, 1956. Campbell's _Hero
with a Thousand Faces_ was 1948 but I don't if his reality quote was in
it. I can't image VN quoting Campbell.