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Interesting characters have played important roles in the study of lepidoptera. Both amateurs and professionals have made their contributions and some of the key players are recognizable names that we don't usually connect with butterflies. Vladimir Nabokov, for example, published twenty-two scientific papers, performed a seminal reclassification of North and South American Blues and worked at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. Perhaps more importantly, he noticed butterflies everywhere and wrote about them in his work. He was prone to digressions about butterflies in his lectures, especially when speaking of Kafka's Metamorphosis and Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
As Russell says in her opening paragraphs, "All this existed before, has always existed, but you were unaware. You didn't see. At various times and places, in winter, or on a busy street, the air is still and butterflies are impossible. Yet their presence remains, like on of those other ten dimensions. You've added this to your life."
An Obsession with Butterflies by Sharman Apt Russell Perseus Publishing ISBN: 0738206997 238 pages
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