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Vladimir Nabokov : the Russian years

Author: Brian Boyd
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This first major critical biography of Vladimir Nabokov, one of the greatest of twentieth-century writers, finally allows us full access to the dramatic details of his life and the depths of his art. An intensely private man, Nabokov was uprooted first by the Russian Revolution and then by World War II. Transformed into a permanent wanderer, he did not achieve fame until late in life, with the success of Lolita. In  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographie 1899-1940
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Boyd, Brian, 1952-
Vladimir Nabokov.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1990
(OCoLC)643987601
Named Person: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov; Vladimir V Nabokov; Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov; Vladimir Nabokov
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Boyd
ISBN: 0691067945 9780691067940 9780691024707 0691024707
OCLC Number: 21037765
Notes: Simultaneously published: London : Chatto & Windus.
"Sections of this book have appeared elsewhere in slightly different form"--Title page verso.
Author is a New Zealander.
Description: 607 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: The Russian years, 1899-1940 --
pt. I: Russia. Lody. Liberal strains: the pattern of the past --
A world awakening: St. Petersburg, 1899-1904 --
First revolution and first duma: St. Petersburg, 1904-1906 --
Butterflies: St. Petersburg, 1906-1910 --
School: St. Petersburg, 1811-1914 --
Lover and poet: Petrograd, 1914-1917 --
Foretaste of exile: Crimea, 1917-1919 --
pt. II: Europe. Sirin. Becoming Sirin: Cambridge, 1919-1922 --
Regrouping: Berlin, 1922-1923 --
Enter the muse: Berlin, 1923-1925 --
Scenes from emigré life: Berlin, 1925-1926 --
Ideas away: Berlin, 1927-1929 --
Nabokov, the writer --
The defense (Zashchita Luzhina) --
Negative and positive: Berlin, 1929-1930 --
Bright desk, dark world: Berlin, 1930-1932 --
Distant prospects: Berlin, 1932-1934 --
Translation and transformation: Berlin, 1934-1937 --
On the move: France, 1937 --
The gift (Dar) --
Destitute: France, 1938-1939 --
Searching for an exit: France, 1939-1940.
Responsibility: Brian Boyd.
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This first major critical biography of Vladimir Nabokov, one of the greatest of twentieth-century writers, finally allows us full access to the dramatic details of his life and the depths of his art. An intensely private man, Nabokov was uprooted first by the Russian Revolution and then by World War II. Transformed into a permanent wanderer, he did not achieve fame until late in life, with the success of Lolita. In this first of two volumes, Brian Boyd vividly describes the liberal milieu of the aristocratic Nabokovs, their escape from Russia, Nabokov's education at Cambridge, and the murder of his father in Berlin. Boyd then turns to the years that Nabokov spent, impoverished, in Germany and France, until the coming of Hitler forced him to flee, with wife and son, to the United States. This volume stands on its own as a fascinating exploration of Nabokov's Russian years and Russian worlds, prerevolutionary and e;migre;. In the course of his ten years' work on the biography, Boyd traveled along Nabokov's trail everywhere from Yalta to Palo Alto. The only scholar to have had free access to the Nabokov archives in Montreux and the Library of Congress, he also interviewed at length Nabokov's family and scores of his friends and associates. For the general reader, Boyd offers an introduction to Nabokov the man, his works, and his world. For the specialist, he provides a basis for all future research on Nabokov's life and art, as he dates and describes the composition of all Nabokov's works, published and unpublished. Boyd investigates Nabokov's relation to and his independence from his time, examines the special structures of his mind and thought, and explains the relations between his philosophy and his innovations of literary strategy and style. At the same time he provides succinct introductions to all the fiction, dramas, memoirs, and major verse presents detailed analyses of the major books that break new ground for the scholar, while providing easy paths into the works for other readers and shows the relationship between Nabokov's life and the themes and subjects of his art.

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