Stalking Nabokov

Paperback | June 25, 2013

byBrian Boyd

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At the age of twenty-one, Brian Boyd wrote a thesis on Vladimir Nabokov that the famous author called "brilliant." After gaining exclusive access to the writer's archives, he wrote a two-part, award-winning biography, Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years (1990) and Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years (1991). This collection features essays written by Boyd since completing the biography, incorporating material he gleaned from his research as well as new discoveries and formulations.

Boyd confronts Nabokov's life, career, and legacy; his art, science, and thought; his subtle humor and puzzle-like storytelling; his complex psychological portraits; and his inheritance from, reworking of, and affinities with Shakespeare, Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Machado de Assis. Boyd offers new ways of reading Nabokov's best English-language works: Lolita, Pale Fire, Ada, and the unparalleled autobiography, Speak, Memory, and he discloses otherwise unknown information about the author's world. Sharing his personal reflections, Boyd recounts the adventures, hardships, and revelations of researching Nabokov's biography and his unusual finds in the archives, including materials still awaiting publication. The first to focus on Nabokov's metaphysics, Boyd cautions against their being used as the key to unlock all of the author's secrets, showing instead the many other rooms in Nabokov's castle of fiction that need exploring, such as his humor, narrative invention, and psychological insight into characters and readers alike. Appreciating Nabokov as novelist, memoirist, poet, translator, scientist, and individual, Boyd helps us understand more than ever the author's multifaceted genius.

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At the age of twenty-one, Brian Boyd wrote a thesis on Vladimir Nabokov that the famous author called "brilliant." After gaining exclusive access to the writer's archives, he wrote a two-part, award-winning biography, Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years (1990) and Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years (1991). This collection features e...

Brian Boyd is University Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Auckland. His work on American, Brazilian, English, Greek, Irish, New Zealand, and Russian literature, from epics to comics, has appeared in seventeen languages and has won awards on four continents. He is the author of Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 25, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsList of AbbreviationsIntroductionNabokov: The Writer's Life and the Life Writer1. A Centennial Toast2. A Biographer's Life 3. Who Is "My Nabokov"? Nabokov's Manuscripts and Books4. The Nabokov Biography and the Nabokov Archive5. From the Nabokov Archive: Nabokov's Literary Legacy Nabokov's Metaphysics6. Retrospects and Prospect/s 7. Nabokov's Afterlife Nabokov's Butterflies8. Nabokov, Literature, Lepidoptera 9. Netting Nabokov: Review of Dieter E. Zimmer, A Guide to Nabokov's Butterflies and Moths Nabokov as Psychologist10. The Psychological Work of Fictional Play Nabokov and the Origins and Ends of Stories11. Stacks of Stories, Stories of Stacks Nabokov as Writer12. Nabokov's Humor 13. Nabokov as Storyteller 14. Nabokov's Transition from Russian to English: Repudiation or Evolution? Nabokov and Others15. Nabokov, Pushkin, Shakespeare: Genius, Generosity, and Gratitude in The Gift and Pale Fire 16. Nabokov as Verse Translator: Introduction to Verses and Versions 17. Tolstoy and Nabokov 18. Nabokov and Machado de Assis Nabokov Works19. Speak, Memory : The Life and the Art 20. Speak, Memory : Nabokov, Mother, and Lovers: The Weave of the Magic Carpet (1999)21. Lolita : Scene and Unseen 22. Even Homais Nods: Nabokov's Fallibility; Or, How to Revise Lolita 23. Literature, Pattern, Lolita ; Or, Art, Literature, Science24. "Pale Fire": Poem and Pattern25. Ada : The Bog and the Garden; Or, Straw, Fluff, and Peat: Sources and Places in Ada 26. A Book Burner Recants: The Original of Laura NotesBibliographyIndex

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Boyd is, without a doubt, an incredibly exacting and rigorous scholar - his tireless research and collection of a vast array of materials is something which coming generations of academics will continue to be grateful for.