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Subject: Mad Kings
Date: Sun, 25 Aug 2013 10:33:48 -0400
From: Jay Livingston <livingstonj@mail.montclair.edu>
To: Vladimir Nabokov Forum <NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU>

Today, Aug. 25, is the birthday of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. My apologies if, as I suspect, he has already been the subject of discussion here. Ludwig, who was a homosexual and became King while still in his teens, bears some resemblance to Kinbote. He was obsessed with a single creative artist (Wagner) and especially with a single work by that artist (Lohengrin). As this review of "Ludwig and Lohengrin" summarizes" "Known as the Mad King, Ludwig spent much of his time ignoring his royal duties in favour of obsessing over art and artists, building fairy tale castles, hanging about with peasants and running off to imagined places in his mind and wherever his legs would let him wander off to." I was surprised to find that a quick Google of "Kinbote Ludwig" turns up practically nothing.

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