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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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From the Nabokov Archive

From the Nabokov Archive

Nabokov’s Literary Legacy

(p.40) 5. From the Nabokov Archive
Stalking Nabokov

Brain Boyd

Columbia University Press

In this chapter, the author talks about Vladimir Nabokov's literary legacy. In 2009 the Japanese magazine Gunzo published a special Nabokov issue on the occasion of the imminent publication of his last, unfinished novel The Original of Laura, which Tadashi Wakashima, professor of American literature at Kyoto University, will translate. The author was asked to write on Laura. Because Dmitri Nabokov, his agent, and the publishers wanted the novel's contents to be strictly embargoed, and the special issue was to appear before the novel, the author asked to write about his encounter with Laura in the context of other materials in the archive that had been or would also be published posthumously. Véra Evseevna Nabokov's decline and her death in 1991 slowed the flow of Dmitri's work as translator and editor. One aspect of Nabokov's extraordinary output was his passion for butterflies and his work as a professional lepidopterist. In the early 1990s the author teamed up with lepidopterist Robert Michael Pyle to edit Nabokov's butterfly writings. Nabokov also had a long-standing interest in infinity.

Keywords:   butterflies, Vladimir Nabokov, The Original of Laura, Dmitri Nabokov, Véra Evseevna Nabokov, Robert Michael Pyle, infinity

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