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Nabokov's Pale fire : the magic of artistic discovery

Nabokov's Pale fire : the magic of artistic discovery

Author: Brian Boyd
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Pale Fire is regarded by many as Vladimir Nabokov's masterpiece. The novel has been hailed as one of the most striking early examples of postmodernism and has become a famous test case for theories about reading because of the apparent impossibility of deciding between several radically different interpretations. Does the book have two narrators, as it first appears, or one? How much is fantasy and how much is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Typefaces (Type evidence)
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)791260420
Named Person: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov; Vladimir Nabokov; Vladimir Vladimirovič Nabokov; Vladimir (1899-1977) Nabokov; Vladimir Nabokov; Vladimir V Nabokov
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Boyd
ISBN: 0691009597 9780691009599 0691089574 9780691089577
OCLC Number: 41211639
Notes: "Brian Boyd is a Professor of English at the University of Auckland, New Zealand"--Jacket
Reprinted as pbk. 2001.
Awards: Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2000
Description: xii, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Poem --
Pale Fire --
Antithesis: Rereading --
In Search of the Story Behind --
Intrusions of the Real: Shade --
Excursions from the Real: Kinbote --
Problems: Shade and Kinbote --
Synthesis: Re-Rereading --
Discovery as Story --
Transformation --
From Appalachia to Zembla: A Woman Spurned --
"Pale Fire": Origins and Ends --
"A Poem in Four Cantos": Sign and Design --
From Zembla to Appalachia: The Contrapuntal Theme --
"Pale Fire," Pale Fire, pale fire: The Spiral Unwinds.
Responsibility: Brian Boyd.
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Leads the reader step-by-step, gradually revealing the relationship between Vladimir Nabokov's ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and metaphysics. This work shows how Nabokov's interest in discovery  Read more...


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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2000 "My award for Novel of the Century goes to Nabokov's Pale Fire ...The book that prompted these reflections and confirmed me in my choice for Novel Read more...

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