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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; 1St Edition edition (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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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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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