Fine Lines: Vladimir Nabokov?s Scientific Art

Hardcover | March 22, 2016

byStephen H Blackwell, Kurt Johnson

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This landmark book is the first full appraisal of Vladimir Nabokov’s long-neglected contributions as a scientist. Although his literary achievements are renowned, until recently his scientific discoveries were ignored or dismissed by many. Nabokov created well over 1,000 technical illustrations of the anatomical structures of butterflies, seeking to understand the evolutionary diversity of small butterflies called Blues. But only lately have scientists confirmed his meticulous research and vindicated his surprising hypotheses.
 
This volume reproduces 154 of Nabokov’s drawings, few of which have ever been seen in public, and presents essays by ten leading scientists and Nabokov specialists. The contributors underscore the significance of Nabokov’s drawings as scientific documents, evaluate his visionary contributions to evolutionary biology and systematics, and offer insights into his unique artistic perception and creativity.

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This landmark book is the first full appraisal of Vladimir Nabokov’s long-neglected contributions as a scientist. Although his literary achievements are renowned, until recently his scientific discoveries were ignored or dismissed by many. Nabokov created well over 1,000 technical illustrations of the anatomical structures of butterfli...

Stephen H. Blackwell is professor of Russian, University of Tennessee. He is the author of The Quill and the Scalpel: Nabokov’s Art and the Worlds of Science. He lives in Knoxville, TN. Kurt Johnson is author or coauthor of more than 200 journal articles on Lepidoptera and coauthor of Nabokov’s Blues: The Scientific Odyssey of a Litera...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 10 × 8 × 27 inPublished:March 22, 2016Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300194552

ISBN - 13:9780300194555

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“One of [Nabokov’s] deepest passions was studying butterflies. . . . [Fine Lines] honors his dedication to the delicate creatures. The book is a collection of more than 150 of his scientific illustrations of butterflies, rivaling John James Audubon in their detail.”—Danny Lewis, Smithsonian