Vladimir Nabokov (1899 - 1977)
With "agony," as he put it, Nabokov switched from his native Russian language to English. His first English novel was The Real Life of Sebastian Knight (1941). Perhaps his most known work is Lolita (1955), a book thick with poetic and allusive language, a Nabokovian trait. He collected butterflies until his death.
"Nabokov Under Glass" at the New York Public Library
"Some Thoughts On Alfred Hitchcock and Vladimir Nabokov"
(great authors main page)
List of Works
Invitation To A Beheading
The Real Life of Sebastian Knight
King, Queen, Knave
Tyrant Destroyed and Other Stories
(not a complete list)
(On his changes in the re-release of King, Queen, Knave): "Let me only remark that my main purpose in making them was not to beautify a corpse but rather to permit a still breathing body to enjoy certain innate capacities which inexperience and eagerness, the haste of thought and the sloth of word had denied it formerly."
"Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash."
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