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Stalking Nabokov

 
 
Author
Brian Boyd.
Publisher Columbia Univ. Press  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780231158565
Pages/Publication Date 452/2011
Daedalus Item Code 54827
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At the age of 21, Brian Boyd wrote a thesis on Vladimir Nabokov that the famous author called "brilliant." After gaining exclusive access to Nabokov's archives, Boyd wrote the two-part biography, Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years and Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years. 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 literary 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.

"There is much here that will inform, enliven, and enlighten the work of one of the greatest novelists of his century."—NYTBR

"Boyd attempts something fairly ambitious: he takes the titanic Nabokov and seeks to revise him upwards. As Boyd sees it, he is not only the greatest novelist of the century; he is also a considerable poet, an important scientist, a controversially original translator, a fearless and liberating critic, a learned psychologist.... Véra [Nabokov] soon came to value him and to trust him; and we should follow her lead.... Professor Boyd, as the author of books on evolution and cognition, is well equipped to give us a real sense of Nabokov's scientific weight."—Times Literary Supplement

 
 
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