NABOKV-L post 0017696, Sat, 14 Feb 2009 11:30:55 -0200

Re: THOUGHTS: Fitzgerald's Rubaiyat; Eberthella Hurley
Carolyn Kunin [ to JM's "We know VN was disappointed after he realized Fitzgerald's was not true to the original poems."] In this matter I have to say Nabokov was extremely foolish. He would throw away the Fitzgerald Rubaiyat![...] Re: Eberthella Hurley: Since I have just recently embarked on my first assay at reading Thomas Hardy, I never would have noticed before that this may be a reference to Hardy's Ethelberta}.

JM: Good point concerning Hardy, for he'd already been referred to in connection to "stillicide".
I can imagine VN's chuckle with the wealth of associations he was aware of ( it will be almost impossible to know which was decisive): bacilli and doctors, Eberth and John Ray...King Aethelbert, Hardy's Ethelberta...

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