Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0018470, Fri, 17 Jul 2009 17:07:55 EDT

Re: THOUGHTS re: "My Cue"

In a message dated 17/07/2009 18:14:51 GMT Standard Time,
b.boyd@AUCKLAND.AC.NZ writes:

I am 12,000 miles from my texts but suspect that HH kept CQ's name
unchanged out of vindictiveness.

Brian Boyd

Then what purpose is served by John Ray referring to his biographer and
paramour as "Vivian Darkbloom"? In fact, as " ' Vivian Darkbloom ' ", no?

Mind you, this would be entirely in accord with the Freudian tradition, to
which I have already alluded in this correspondence, of pretending to
maintain rigorous confidentiality while simultaneously flagrantly breaking it.
(If you don't believe me about this, I can provide chapter and verse for a
number of such instances in the classic case studies of Freud himself.) But
it is difficult to see how Nabokov could have known about this, except by
intuition and his undoubted gifts as a Menschenkenner, because I only
established this fact about Freud after Nabokov died.

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