NABOKV-L post 0007029, Tue, 5 Nov 2002 18:55:41 -0800

Fw: Nabokov "sighting" (auditory)
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From: "Earl Sampson" <>
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> I was listening this afternoon to an interview on NPR's Talk of the
> Nation with novelist Donna Tartt (author of The Secret History and The
> Little Friend); in response to a question as to whether she knows when
> she begins a novel how it is going to end, or do the characters take on
> a life of their own and take control of the story, she said she knows
> from the beginning how it will end, and quoted VN's response to a
> similar question: "My characters are galley slaves." (That could be a
> Quote of the Day, but I see one has already been submitted for 11/6, and
> anyway, I don't remember where he made that comment.)
> --
> Art, whose honesty must work through artifice, cannot avoid cheating
> truth.
> - Laura Riding