NABOKV-L post 0017502, Sat, 20 Dec 2008 02:44:37 -0500

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Suellen, I care. Can you give me the Moby source? Thanks, Fran Assa


Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 09:55:06 -0600From: suellen.stringer-hye@VANDERBILT.EDUSubject: Re: [NABOKV-L] QUERY: Bend Sinister poem?To: NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU



If anyone really cares, I actually tracked the lines down to their sources in MD at one time for an article I was writing about Melville and VN…

---Suellen



From: Vladimir Nabokov Forum [mailto:NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU] On Behalf Of Matthew RothSent: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 9:34 AMTo: NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDUSubject: Re: [NABOKV-L] QUERY: Bend Sinister poem?


Tim,

Perhaps you are thinking of the Zemblan translation of T of A? That's in Kinbote's note to line 39. If it's really BS you mean, are you thinking of the poem in chapter 12, which VN made by combining lines from Moby Dick?



A curious sight--these bashful bears

These timid warrior whalemen



And now the time of the tide has come;

The ship casts off her cables



It is not shown on any map;

True places never are



This lovely light, it lights not me;

All loveliness is anguish--





MR>>> On 12/15/2008 at 10:43 PM, in message <4946DD7702000012002EC1E4@dudley.holycross.edu>, NABOKV-L <NABOKV-L@HOLYCROSS.EDU> wrote:

Anybody have a copy of Bend Sinister handy? There's a poem I wanted toquote -- I remember it as some version of the Shakespeare Timon ofAthens passage from which the title of Pale Fire is drawn -- "The moonis an arrant thief" -- but different. Can someone help me? Thanks!--Tim Henderson




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