On Dec 3, 2007, at 1:44 AM, Anthony Stadlen wrote:
Also, the fact that VN did at one time submit the poem "Pale Fire", alone, for publication seems to indicate something important.


Anthony Stadlen

Dear Anthony Stadlen,

I don't recall this - - could you give more information and perhaps a source? I can't imagine it could be published separately - - very interesting!

I'm not sure what to make of VN;s reference to the "intense inner life" of John Shade - - it might certainly mean he has a second personality (that'll keep your inner life busy). 
Or not!

Carolyn Kunin

p.s. I have recently heard that DNA studies of populations show that about 80% of the world's current population are descended from Genghis Khan (tant pis pour vn).

On Dec 3, 2007, at 6:19 AM, Alexey Sklyarenko wrote:

Mandelstam is also the author of "Armenia" (1930), a dozen of poems about this land visited by Mandelstam. 

Dear Alexey,

That's very interesting about Mandel'shtam - - if I ever knew that, I had forgotten it - - he was such a Greek supremacist (really not very good for a Jew)!

The lake I referred to is the Tarn that I think could be seen from a window at Ardis. The Tarn of course is a river in the south of France, so I thought it had another name. Really don't recall now what the connection to Armenia was. I rarely think about Ada any more.


p.s. the English for Ephros is Euphrates, which I suppose is Greek really.

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