NABOKV-L post 0004249, Mon, 12 Jul 1999 08:04:06 -0700

Nabokoviana: 'when Lo takes to the [tennis] court' (fwd)
In his review ('Grace, sweat and money'; The Spectator, 26 June 1999) of new
tennis anthology William Scammell writes about 'enduring appeal in fascination
of what's difficult, as Yeats said of writing poetry'. He goes on to define the
thrill that tennis offers: "There's a visceral thrill in swinging at a ball and
connecting. ... There's a psycho-sexual one, too, sometimes by proxy - see
Humbert's purple prose when Lo takes to the court in Lolita. ..."