NABOKV-L post 0015617, Mon, 29 Oct 2007 23:26:03 -0400

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John Morris: ...anyone knows, or speculates, why Nabokov chose the Johnson
quote as his epigraph?
[EDNOTE. This question has been debated on the List before, although not
necessarily resolved...]
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SES, may I simply speculate? After all someone shot and probably killed
someone else, quite unlike Johnson's Hodge ( although there was a monument
erected in his homage).

Once, in one of those old Sherlock Holmes' movies with Basil Rathbone- not
necessarily corresponding to an actual C.Doyle's novel & I'm not sure if it
was in "Dressed to Kill" - there were music-boxes handcrafted by
prison-inmates with hidden clues which led us to bookshelves with an
enormous collection of books by Samuel Johnson.
The solution of the investigation was not hid inside Johnson's books or in
one of his texts, but it lay behind his very palpable books and dics...
Could VN have alluded to this movie ( he mentions Holmes at the very
start )?

Jansy Mello

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