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Fine lines : Vladimir Nabokov's scientific art

Author: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov; Stephen H Blackwell; Kurt Johnson
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016] ©2016
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This volume reproduces 154 of Russian-American novelist and entomologist Vladimir Nabokov's drawings, few of which have ever been seen in public, and presents essays by ten leading scientists and Nabokov scholars. The contributors underscore the significance of Nabokov's drawings as scientific documents, evaluate his visionary contributions to evolutionary biology and systematics, and offer insights into his unique  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Illustrated works
Pictorial works
Named Person: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov; Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov; Vladimir Nabokov
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov; Stephen H Blackwell; Kurt Johnson
ISBN: 9780300194555 0300194552
OCLC Number: 920017517
Description: xiv, 318 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 26 cm
Contents: Anatomical diagrams --
Introduction --
Black and white figures --
Color plates --
Essays. Drawing with words : the toothwort white and related natural history motifs in Pale fire / Robert Dirig --
A few notes on Nabokov's childhood entomology / Victor Fet --
Chance, nature's practical jokes, and the "non-utilitarian delights" of butterfly mimicry / Victoria N. Alexander --
Nabokov's evolution / James Mallet --
Fictional realism : scaling the twin peaks of art and science / Dorion Sagan --
Mountains of detail : on the trail with Nabokov's blues / Lauren K. Lucas, Matthew L. Forister, James A. Fordyce, and Chris C. Nice --
Nabokov's morphology : an experiment in appropriated terminology / Stephen H. Blackwell --
Swift and underwing, boulderfield and bog : how Nabokov drew the world from its details / Robert Michael Pyle --
Enchanted hunting : Lolita and Lolita, Diana and diana / Brian Boyd --
Nabokov's notes and labels from the Museum of Comparative Zoology : boon for a recondite biographer or data for a serious systematist? / Naomi E. Pierce, Rodney Eastwood, Roger Vila, Andrew Berry, and Thomas Dai --
Chronology of Nabokov's life.
Other Titles: Vladimir Nabokov's scientific art
Responsibility: edited by Stephen H. Blackwell & Kurt Johnson.
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