Vladimir Nabokov


Born
in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
April 22, 1899

Died
July 02, 1977

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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 a big interest in chess problems.

Nabokov's Lolita (1955) is frequently cited as his most important novel, and is at any rate his most widely known one, exhibiting the love of intricate wordplay and descriptive detail that characterized all his works.

Lolita was ranked fourth in the list of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels; Pale Fire (1962) was ranked 53rd on the same list, and his memoir, Speak, Memory (1951),
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Lolita

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3.89 avg rating — 698,354 ratings — published 1955 — 612 editions
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Pale Fire

4.10 avg rating — 46,286 ratings — published 1962 — 30 editions
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Pnin

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3.89 avg rating — 19,667 ratings — published 1957 — 140 editions
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Speak, Memory

4.01 avg rating — 15,896 ratings — published 1951 — 113 editions
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Invitation to a Beheading

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3.90 avg rating — 14,270 ratings — published 1938 — 101 editions
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Laughter in the Dark

3.98 avg rating — 13,819 ratings — published 1932 — 122 editions
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Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chr...

4.14 avg rating — 9,906 ratings — published 1969 — 111 editions
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The Luzhin Defense

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3.96 avg rating — 10,459 ratings — published 1929 — 46 editions
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The Stories of Vladimir Nab...

4.30 avg rating — 6,998 ratings — published 1995 — 56 editions
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Despair

3.92 avg rating — 8,101 ratings — published 1934 — 89 editions
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“It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

“And the rest is rust and stardust.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita. Did she have a precursor? She did, indeed she did. In point of fact, there might have been no Lolita at all had I not loved, one summer, an initial girl-child. In a princedom by the sea. Oh when? About as many years before Lolita was born as my age was that summer. You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

Polls

December 2015 Revisit the Shelf Reread Poll

1955, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, 378 pages
 
  37 votes, 26.4%

1962, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, 212 pages
 
  19 votes, 13.6%

1838, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, 554 pages
 
  15 votes, 10.7%

1814, Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, 507 pages
 
  12 votes, 8.6%

1847, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, 507 pages
 
  11 votes, 7.9%

1853, Villette by Charlotte Brontë, 573 pages
 
  11 votes, 7.9%

1880, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, 449 pages
 
  10 votes, 7.1%

1877, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, 964 pages
 
  10 votes, 7.1%

 
  8 votes, 5.7%

 
  7 votes, 5.0%

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