NABOKV-L post 0015600, Fri, 19 Oct 2007 01:27:16 -0700

: Lolita is in the canon; On the Road is somewhat sub-canonical
From the New Yorker:

Lolita” is in the canon; “On the Road” is somewhat sub-canonical—also a tour de force, like Nabokov’s book, but considered more a literary phenomenon than a work of literature. On the other hand, it has had an equivalent influence. Nabokov showed writers how to squeeze a morality tale inside a Fabergé egg; Kerouac showed how to stretch a canvas across an entire continent. He made America a subject for literary fiction; he de-Europeanized the novel for American writers.


Court Merrigan

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