Yuly Aykhenvald (1872-1928) was Nabokov's friend and mentor in Berlin in the 1920s. He was editor of Rul' 's literary department 1922-1928, where he published weekly literary reflections, and author of the very popular Silhouettes of Russian Writers (1906, five editions through 1928).
Stephen Blackwell, Professor of Russian, University of Tennessee, is the author of Zina's Paradox: The Figured Reader in Nabokov's Gift and The Quill and the Scalpel: Nabokov and the Worlds of Science. With Kurt Johnson, he co-edited Fine Lines: Vladimir Nabokov's Scientific Art, and also co-edited In Other Words: Studies In Honor of Vadim Liapunov, and he has published many articles and chapters on Nabokov in various journals and anthologies. He was the editor and publisher of the last three printed volumes of The Nabokovian (nos.
Dana Dragunoiu is Associate Professor of English at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her Ph.D. dissertation, titled “‘The universe embraced by consciousness’: Vladimir Nabokov’s Philosophical Domain,” was completed in 2000. Her monograph, titled Vladimir Nabokov and the Poetics of Liberalism, was published in 2011 by Northwestern University Press. In addition to her work on Nabokov, she has also published scholarly articles on J.M.
Brian Boyd (1952- ), University Distinguished Professor, English and Drama, Auckland, New Zealand, has worked on Nabokov since the early 1970s, as an annotator, archivist, bibliographer, biographer, critic, editor, and translator, and on documentary and photographic projects.