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Selected Poems Hardcover – May 29, 2012
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About the Author
VLADIMIR NABOKOV studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, writing prolifically in Russian under the pseudonym Sirin. In 1940, he left France for the United States, where he wrote some of his greatest works—Bend Sinister (1947), Lolita (1955), Pnin (1957), and Pale Fire (1962)—and translated his earlier Russian novels into English. He taught at Wellesley, Harvard, and Cornell. He died in Montreux, Switzerland, in 1977.
Thomas Karshan is the author of Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Play and co- translator of Nabokov’s The Tragedy of Mister Morn. Previously a research fellow at Christ Church, Oxford, and Queen Mary, University of London, he is now a lecturer in literature at the University of East Anglia. He lives in London and Norwich.
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Top Customer Reviews
I purchased this collection because I love Nabokov's playful way with words, and poetry seems like a natural fit for his writing style. It is! The poems in this collection range from cute sketches to extended narratives, but they are universally good, and many of them are astonishing. Depending on your tastes, some poems will be misses thematically, but there is such a variety that you're sure to find ones you love, and the ones you love will move you deeply.
There are a few omissions, but if you're a fan, you have them in other volumes. And, if you're a fan, you'll need this book!
Nabokov would be proud of this volume.
The topics of Nabokov's poems reflect his involvement in the great political upheavals of the 20th century beginning with his exit from Russia following the Communist revolution to his life as a professor in the United States.
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Excellent selection, beautiful poems, tradition meets modernity.Published 10 months ago by Sardi Rudolf