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Selected Letters, 1940-1977

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Over four hundred letters chronicle the author's career, recording his struggles in the publishing world, the battles over "Lolita," and his relationship with his wife.
Paperback, 624 pages
Published October 29th 1990 by Harvest Books (first published September 1st 1989)
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I am genuinely shocked that this collection isn't more commonly read or discussed. Surely even the mildly-curious Nabokov reader would deem this book an absolutely essential supplement to his works. This is a prime example of impeccable curation yet I still ache for more. Offers incredible insights into Nabokov's private life as well as his novels, short stories, translations, and poems. I cleared about 100 pages a day easily.
Get this immediately, put it in your bathroom, and read a letter or two each time you go in there. Unsurpassed. I am very happy to know Nabokov third hand, as an author and essayist; he would have been an awful person to get to know in real life.
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Russian: Владимир Владимирович Набоков

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin, was a Russian-American novelist. Nabokov wrote his first nine novels in Russian, then rose to international prominence as a master English prose stylist. He also made significant contributions to lepidoptery and had an interest in chess problems.

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“Listen: I am ideally happy. My happiness is a kind of challenge. As I wander along the streets and the squares and the paths by the canal, absently sensing the lips of dampness through my worn soles, I carry proudly my ineffable happiness. The centuries will roll by, and schoolboys will yawn over the history of our upheavals; everything will pass, but my happiness , dear, my happiness will remain,in the moist reflection of a street lamp, in the cautious bend of stone steps that descend into the canal's black waters, in the smiles of a dancing couple, in everything with which God so generously surrounds human loneliness.” 154 likes
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