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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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Netting Nabokov

Netting Nabokov

Review of Dieter E. Zimmer A Guide to Nabokov’s Butterflies and Moths, 2001

(p.100) 9. Netting Nabokov
Stalking Nabokov

Brain Boyd

Columbia University Press

This chapter reviews Dieter E. Zimmer's A Guide to Nabokov's Butterflies and Moths 2001 (2001). The book contains an introduction to Lepidoptera, taxonomy and systematics, mimicry, evolution, and Vladimir Nabokov's attitudes to all of these; catalogues of the taxa named by and for Nabokov, with detailed discussions and explanations; a 190-page alphabetical catalogue of all the butterflies mentioned by Nabokov in his published work and occasional unpublished pieces; a sequential list of all the butterflies in Nabokov's work; a copiously detailed biographical index of lepidopterists with Nabokov connections; an annotated bibliography of Nabokov's scientific papers and the interviews where he refers to butterflies; a species list, allowing a cross-reference to the catalogue; and twenty-one color plates of illustrations.

Keywords:   butterflies, Dieter E. Zimmer, A Guide to Nabokov's Butterflies and Moths 2001, Lepidoptera, taxonomy, mimicry, evolution, Vladimir Nabokov, lepidopterists, systematics

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