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Latest Books Podcasts. Love, Dolly. One can be forgiven for momentarily forgetting that the author, raised in part by English governesses on an aristocratic Russian estate, had been exposed to the language virtually from birth. Vladimir Nabokov] , the more narrowly focused work of scholars such as Alfred Appel Jr.
Roper, a gifted novelist whose previous nonfiction books have dealt with Walt Whitman and the mountain climber Willi Unsoeld, not only weaves these strands together into a compelling narrative, but enriches them with his own deep understanding and appreciation of the country that fed Nabokov for two decades, both literally and figuratively.
Nabokov might have made a whole life in the West. The lepping [butterfly-hunting] was fantastic, and he responded joyfully to the landscapes.
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Along with royalties soon to begin flooding in, it was far more than Nabokov had earned from all his previous work as a professional writer during forty years. Delicious irony! Yet the others had not been wrong: to have published four years before would have been to serve up another victim to censorship, probably, Lolita and its author sharing the fate of Edmund Wilson with his novel Memoirs of Hecate County.
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Dupee praised. Lolita had birthed its own birthing. So he sat in the lobby and read.
Milton Berle opened with. The celebrity novelist has a rumpled look. At fifty-nine he has a thick, powerful neck and is mostly bald, but unwrinkled.
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Trilling, a slighter, younger man, looks older, troubled, brooding. He smokes throughout. He is not interested in producing emotions in his readers, nor in filling their heads with ideas. Supposedly anti-Communist, it did not go far enough, the Nabokovs felt.
Mister Nabokov may not have meant to move hearts, but he moved mine. Nabokov denies any satirical intent. Both men are a bit sententious. This was the only filmed interview, as well as the last interview of any kind, for which Nabokov did not insist on the submission of all questions in advance, thus it provides as unscripted and in vivo an impression of the author as exists.