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Vladimir Nabokov

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  5 reviews
"Vladimir Nabokov and "Marcel Proust are volumes five and six of the acclaimed Overlook Illustrated Lives series of photographic biographies that offers fresh, intimate portraits of some of our favorite writers. The lively texts are accompanied by over a hundred rare images, many in color, depicting the author's world.VLADIMIR NABOKOV'S work exudes a tremendous vivacity an ...more
Paperback, 146 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Overlook TP
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This is a volume in the Overlook Illustrated Lives series. Jane Grayson provides a chronologically organized biographical essay on the life of Vladimir Nabokov. The book is amplified with 127 illustrations which means there is an illustration for literally every page in the book. They range from early pictures in Russia to more contemporary photos that highlight the many facets of Nabokov's career. The chronology of his life and an excellent bibliography make this book a handy reference for read ...more
More of an essay than a biography, largely unsatisfying
His illustrations of Kitty's skating outfit and the apt Gregor Samsa had me desperately wishing he was my professor. And I tried very hard to imagine how a magnified butterfly wing would still flutter to this synesthete. I only wish the book included more quotes directly from him. "I travel through life in a space helmet." Spoken like a true space cadet... I'm onto the annotated Lolita and his notes on Ulysses.
An excellent, short book and reading it made me realize how much of his riddles and hints point toward his own experiences. Mr Boyd and Mr Field are next...
Jared Busch
A quick read - learned the bare essentials about Nabokov's life but almost nothing of his work. A good starting point though, I reckon.
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