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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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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307593355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307593351
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #749,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was born on April 23, 1899, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Nabokov household was trilingual, and as a young man, he studied Slavic and romance languages at Trinity College, Cambridge, taking his honors degree in 1922. For the next eighteen years he lived in Berlin and Paris, writing prolifically in Russian under the pseudonym Sirin and supporting himself through translations, lessons in English and tennis, and by composing the first crossword puzzles in Russian. In 1925 he married Vera Slonim, with whom he had one child, a son, Dmitri. Having already fled Russia and Germany, Nabokov became a refugee once more in 1940, when he was forced to leave France for the United States. There he taught at Wellesley, Harvard, and Cornell. He also gave up writing in Russian and began composing ficticvbn ral books of criticism. Vladimir Nabokov died in Montreux, Switzerland, in 1977.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lin on July 26, 2012
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I've never been much of a poetry reader--my past experiences with poetry have often left me emotionally unmoved and vaguely frustrated. I realize this is more of a reflection of myself when reading poetry, but I mention it as a contrast to my great enjoyment of this collection, and as an admittance of my lack of knowledge of the technical or historical details of poetry as a medium.

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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Ingram on June 4, 2012
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This is a well-bound, well-typeset edition of the poetry of our greatly missed Vladimir. Its always nice to find a new read from the master. The original editions of his poetry are very expensive, so this gives a reasonably-priced access to these works.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Happy Jackie on August 13, 2014
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This is not Nabokov's fault -- but I need to warn other readers not to buy this book if you already have the Penguin Collected Poems. The content of the two volumes is identical in every way.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 12, 2013
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Nabokov was first and foremost a poet. His book demonstrates an exceptional talent for using basic words of the English language to express complex ideas and emotions. He believed that poets should be direct and to the point without using excessive metaphors or embellishments. This master of English, Russian and French has provided poetry readers with many excellent examples of his philosophy of poetry.

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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