NABOKV-L post 0015810, Fri, 14 Dec 2007 14:22:13 -0500

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THOUGHTS: W.F. Kirby, Lepidoptera
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I want to say a bit more about that Zemblan variation of the Elder Edda (C.
79), or rather about its purported translator. Kinbote says (with a question
mark) that the translator is Kirby. Someone on the list a long while back
noted that this is probably a reference to W.F. Kirby, who translated the
Kalevala in the late nineteenth century. But of course Kirby was primarily
known as a lepidopterist. See here, for example:

http://books.google.com/books?id=DkygHg1VGyAC&printsec=frontcover

I noticed today that among the Pseudolucia Nabokov (many of the more recent
of which were assigned Nabokovian names) listed here

http://www.funet.fi/pub/sci/bio/life/insecta/lepidoptera/ditrysia/papilionoidea/lycaenidae/polyommatinae/pseudolucia/index.html


we find Pseudolucia sibylla (Kirby, 1871).

So...is this convergence of Nabokov, Kirby, and sibylla (think Sybil) in
both the natural world and in PF just a happy accident?

Matt Roth


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