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Stalking Nabokov : selected essays

Author: Brian Boyd
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2013.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov; Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Boyd
ISBN: 9780231158572 0231158572
OCLC Number: 843808213
Notes: Originally published: 2011.
Description: pages cm
Contents: Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Introduction Nabokov: The Writer's Life and the Life Writer 1. A Centennial Toast 2. A Biographer's Life 3. Who Is "My Nabokov"? Nabokov's Manuscripts and Books 4. The Nabokov Biography and the Nabokov Archive 5. From the Nabokov Archive: Nabokov's Literary Legacy Nabokov's Metaphysics 6. Retrospects and Prospect/s 7. Nabokov's Afterlife Nabokov's Butterflies 8. Nabokov, Literature, Lepidoptera 9. Netting Nabokov: Review of Dieter E. Zimmer, A Guide to Nabokov's Butterflies and Moths Nabokov as Psychologist 10. The Psychological Work of Fictional Play Nabokov and the Origins and Ends of Stories 11. Stacks of Stories, Stories of Stacks Nabokov as Writer 12. Nabokov's Humor 13. Nabokov as Storyteller 14. Nabokov's Transition from Russian to English: Repudiation or Evolution? Nabokov and Others 15. Nabokov, Pushkin, Shakespeare: Genius, Generosity, and Gratitude in The Gift and Pale Fire 16. Nabokov as Verse Translator: Introduction to Verses and Versions 17. Tolstoy and Nabokov 18. Nabokov and Machado de Assis Nabokov Works 19. Speak, Memory : The Life and the Art 20. Speak, Memory : Nabokov, Mother, and Lovers: The Weave of the Magic Carpet (1999) 21. Lolita : Scene and Unseen 22. Even Homais Nods: Nabokov's Fallibility; Or, How to Revise Lolita 23. Literature, Pattern, Lolita; Or, Art, Literature, Science 24. "Pale Fire": Poem and Pattern 25. Ada : The Bog and the Garden; Or, Straw, Fluff, and Peat: Sources and Places in Ada 26. A Book Burner Recants: The Original of Laura Notes Bibliography Index
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At the age of twenty-one, Brian Boyd wrote a thesis on Vladimir Nabokov that the famous author called "brilliant." After gaining exclusive access to the writer's archives, he wrote a two-part, award-winning biography, Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years (1990) and Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years (1991). This collection features essays written by Boyd since completing the biography, incorporating material he gleaned from his research as well as new discoveries and formulations. Boyd confronts Nabokov's life, career, and legacy; his art, science, and thought; his subtle humor and puzzle-like storytelling; his complex psychological portraits; and his inheritance from, reworking of, and affinities with Shakespeare, Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Machado de Assis. Boyd offers new ways of reading Nabokov's best English-language works: Lolita, Pale Fire, Ada, and the unparalleled autobiography, Speak, Memory, and he discloses otherwise unknown information about the author's world. Sharing his personal reflections, Boyd recounts the adventures, hardships, and revelations of researching Nabokov's biography and his unusual finds in the archives, including materials still awaiting publication. The first to focus on Nabokov's metaphysics, Boyd cautions against their being used as the key to unlock all of the author's secrets, showing instead the many other rooms in Nabokov's castle of fiction that need exploring, such as his humor, narrative invention, and psychological insight into characters and readers alike. Appreciating Nabokov as novelist, memoirist, poet, translator, scientist, and individual, Boyd helps us understand more than ever the author's multifaceted genius.


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