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Stalking Nabokov$
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Brian Boyd

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231158572

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231158572.001.0001

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The Nabokov Biography and the Nabokov Archive

The Nabokov Biography and the Nabokov Archive

(p.25) 4. The Nabokov Biography and the Nabokov Archive
Stalking Nabokov

Brain Boyd

Columbia University Press

In this chapter, the author talks about the publication of the second volume of his biography on Vladimir Nabokov and the New York Public Library's acquisition of the Nabokov Archive to become part of its Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature. He recalls getting an invitation from Nabokov's wife, Véra Evseevna Nabokov, in 1979 to catalog her husband's archives in Montreux, hoping that they could then more easily be sold to an American institution. By the beginning of the 1990s, the New York Public Library was on the point of purchasing the papers for the Berg Collection, famous especially for its Joyce and Woolf collections. Once the archive was installed in New York, the New York Public Library announced the acquisition with an exhibition, a dinner, and a talk that the author gave at the Celeste Bartos Forum in the Central Research Library on October 16, 1991. The Nabokov papers are now the most frequently consulted in the Berg Collection.

Keywords:   biography, Vladimir Nabokov, New York Public Library, Nabokov Archive, Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection, Véra Evseevna Nabokov, Montreux, Central Research Library, Nabokov papers

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