NABOKV-L post 0015611, Thu, 25 Oct 2007 22:11:16 -0400

THOUGHTS: Preamblings
Dear Jansy,

I'm sorry if I was unclear. There wasn't supposed to be
any algebra in my most recent post.

R. S. Gwynn, in his interesting comments, asked why Kinbote
refers to his "Preface" when that part of the book is called
"Foreword". I made the unimaginative suggestion that it
could be a mistake on Kinbote's or Nabokov's part.

I wasn't making any distinctions, just responding to the
point that the words are different. I didn't realize till you
mentioned it that "foreword" applies especially to something
not written by the main author. Kinbote's use of "preface"
can probably be taken as evidence in favor of a single-author
reading--if it hasn't been already.

The Vintage Edition of /Pale Fire/ starts with the dedication,
then has the quotation from the /Life of Johnson/, then the
"Contents". I take it the table of contents is part of the
fiction--either Kinbote or good old Frank is responsible.

Is it possible that /Lolita/ could be published without John
Ray, Jr.'s Foreword? I'm appalled. (Unless somebody's
about to tell me there's a good reason.)

Jerry Friedman

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