NABOKV-L post 0019736, Wed, 31 Mar 2010 18:31:47 -0400

VN wrote in his memoir, Strong Opinions ...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

history on film

Today in history: The United States purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, a couple years after the end of the Civil War. Here's something of related interest from today's issue of The Writer's Almanac:

Vladimir Nabokov -- Strong Opinions
The writer Vladimir Nabokov, who was born in Russia in 1899 — just 32 years after the Alaska Purchase — and who emigrated to the United States in 1940, wrote in his memoir, Strong Opinions, about how he was once asked to list "scenes from the historical past which he wished he could have witnessed on film." He replied: "Shakespeare in the part of the King's Ghost. The beheading of Louis the Sixteenth, the drums drowning his speech on the scaffold. Herman Melville at breakfast, feeling a sardine to his cat. Poe's wedding. Lewis Carroll's picnics. The Russians leaving Alaska, delighted with the deal. Shot of a seal applauding."

How about you? What would be on your list?

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