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Vladimir Nabokov

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Best known for his deeply controversial 1955 novel, Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) is celebrated as one of the most distinctive literary stylists of the twentieth century. In Vladimir Nabokov, Barbara Wyllie presents a comprehensive account of the life and works of the writer, from his childhood and earliest stories in pre-revolutionary Russia, to The Original of Lau ...more
Paperback, 223 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Reaktion Books (first published 2010)
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Brent Legault
May 29, 2012 Brent Legault rated it really liked it
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At first I thought this little book was a little too light, a little too once-overed. By following the footnotes, it seemed, all the best insights were by Brian Boyd (author of the gargantuan, 2 volume life of Nabokov) so why bother, thought I.

But once I really started to pay attention, I found this to be untrue, that Wyllie brought something new into this oft-trod (silly adjective) arena; in particular, the chapters about VN's later life (from Lolita to death). It became less Boydy and more in
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