NABOKV-L post 0018475, Mon, 20 Jul 2009 23:16:03 -0300

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[NABOKOV] Ranking in a list of the 100 essential books
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Bravo magazine's second edition of a 2007 selection of 100 essential books of world literature (www.revistabravo.com.br) included Nabokov's "Lolita" as its 50th.
The editorial board consulted Harold Bloom and other rankings, such as those from Time Magazine and Modern Library, as a guide for their final choice.
The presentation starts with the traditional "Lolita light of my life" lines, described as an overblown and passionate "erotic onomatopoeia"...
I didn't find their definition for "essential," nor its context, or why it was placed as no.50, after Faulkner, Thomas Mann, T.S.Eliot, Dostoievski, Hemmingway, Conrad, Huxley, H. James...

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