NABOKV-L post 0015766, Mon, 3 Dec 2007 14:38:48 -0800

C Kunin to MR & Alexey (omnibussed)

On Dec 3, 2007, at 1:44 AM, Anthony Stadlen wrote:
Also, the fact that VN did at one time submit the poem "Pale Fire",
alone, for publication seems to indicate something important.

Anthony Stadlen

Dear Anthony Stadlen,

I don't recall this - - could you give more information and perhaps a
source? I can't imagine it could be published separately - - very

I'm not sure what to make of VN;s reference to the "intense inner
life" of John Shade - - it might certainly mean he has a second
personality (that'll keep your inner life busy).
Or not!

Carolyn Kunin

p.s. I have recently heard that DNA studies of populations show that
about 80% of the world's current population are descended from
Genghis Khan (tant pis pour vn).

On Dec 3, 2007, at 6:19 AM, Alexey Sklyarenko wrote:

Mandelstam is also the author of "Armenia" (1930), a dozen of poems
about this land visited by Mandelstam.

Dear Alexey,

That's very interesting about Mandel'shtam - - if I ever knew that, I
had forgotten it - - he was such a Greek supremacist (really not very
good for a Jew)!

The lake I referred to is the Tarn that I think could be seen from a
window at Ardis. The Tarn of course is a river in the south of
France, so I thought it had another name. Really don't recall now
what the connection to Armenia was. I rarely think about Ada any more.


p.s. the English for Ephros is Euphrates, which I suppose is Greek

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