My feeling about who are the main characters in "Pale Fire" hasn't
close to forty years, in fact since the first article, written in
I published on Nabokov: I consider the author as a key character. It
more the case, I think, than in "LATH". "Pale Fire" has greatly
articulate my theory of "the figure of the author" (see "La Figure
l'auteur", Paris, Seuil, 1995). I was taken to task on this score by
McHale years ago. He almost accused me of betraying my mentor,
Though the latter was at first in favor of an author-free theory of
soon changed his mind about it in "Le Plaisir du texte" (1973).
My forthcoming book, "Nabokov's Eros and the Poetics of Desire"
Macmillan) constitutes my (probably) final attempt to explore this