NABOKV-L post 0015803, Sat, 8 Dec 2007 21:37:49 -0500

THOUGHTS: VN and Theosophy
Theosophy is alive and well enough and living in Pasadena

Dear Suellen,

I too have detected the occasional Nabokovian reference to Theosophy and Mme Blavatsky (what a perfect name for the old charlatan!) but have never been able to make it add up to much. Also interesting: Theosopy continues and their headquarters in Pasadena - - just about a mile from where I am at this very moment - - is the resting place of some of the old fraud's ashes. Maybe I should request an audience one of these days (I could try her in Russian - - Dorogaya Helena Petrovna, Nu chto novogo von tam ...)?

Carolyn Kunin

p.s. Perhaps she would prefer to be addressed as Vysoko-uvazhaemaya?

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