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Classics from The Nabokovian

From No. 8, Spring 1982 (Vladimir Nabokov Research Newsletter)

Professor Nabokov: A Review Essay
by Stephen Jan Parker

[Steve Parker (1939-2016) was a student of Nabokov's at Cornell, and a Professor at the University of Kansas; he was the founder of the Vladimir Nabokov Society (as it was then called) in 1978, and of its newsletter long edited by him, which became The Nabokovian and eventually "TheNabokovian.org."]

One may presume that with the appearance of Lectures on Russian Literature (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich & Bruccoli Clark, New York, 1981), following Lectures on Literature (1980), the public has now been given what is expected to be the complete record of Vladimir Nabokov's classroom teachings. If this is the case, then the reader of the two volumes of Lectures will come away with incomplete knowledge of both the content and approach that Nabokov brought to his courses. [Read More]




Voting in Upcoming Elections for IVNS Vice-President

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Thu, 12/16/2021 - 05:34

Elections for the next vice-president of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society will take place shortly. As you know, the vice-president becomes president after serving a two-year term. If you wish to vote in these elections and have not yet renewed your IVNS membership **for 2021**, please take the time now to do so. You may do so here:

In Memoriam: Deborah Anne Martinsen (1954-2021)

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Wed, 12/08/2021 - 05:41

The Nabokov community mourns the loss of Deborah Anne Martinsen, distinguished Dostoevsky and Nabokov scholar. Dr. Martinsen's essay "Lolita as Petersburg Text" (Nabokov Studies 13 [2014/2015]) won, in 2017, The Donald Barton Johnson Prize for the best essay published in Nabokov Studies. Dr. Martinsen was 67 years old and battled pancreatic cancer. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her loved ones, Randall Butler, her husband, and Rory Butler, their son. 


Набоков. Возвращение. (Nabokov. The Return.) Opens at the Pushkinskii Dom

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Sat, 11/27/2021 - 09:22

An exhibition entitled "Набоков. Возвращение." (Nabokov.The Return.) was opened on November 12, 2021 at the Pushkinskii Dom (Pushkin House) Museum (officially the Institute of Russian Literature) in St. Petersburg, to celebrate the arrival of the last tranche of important Nabokoviana (books, manuscripts, letters, memorabilia) remaining after the death of Dmitri Nabokov in 2012.