NABOKV-L post 0018623, Wed, 30 Sep 2009 20:32:49 -0300

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Kenneth Fearing--Pale Fire, Sherlock Holmes, tracks in the snow...
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Brian Boyd:"... Nabokov's knowledge of modern American poetry was, I suspect, not assiduous or methodical, but what came his way he could retain and put to wonderful use--like Edsel Ford's poem, too. The list is an excellent way for discoveries like yours and Matt Roth's of the Edsel Ford to become known in a flash."

JM: It was thanks to your diligence and trained eye that one of these letters ( June 9, 1944) referring to some of The New Yorker's poems - which had been misfiled at the Beineke-Library - made its way into the Karlinsky edition of the VNabokov-E.Wilson correspondence (and included in your Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years, pp. 73-75.)

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A Nabokov sighting by J.Twiggs - www.threepennyreview.com/.../pamuk_f09.html -
"This derisive tone, fed up with the foolhardiness of humanity and especially of the bourgeois, gets its strength from Flaubert's intelligence and extraordinary knack for parody. The training of his intellect and humor upon the target of middle-class values, from which he tried to keep a distance his whole life, and upon the new, comfortable, and peaceful daily life enabled by modernity and industrialization, gives Flaubert's voice a power with which many writers today sympathize. In recent times, Flaubert admirers, especially among young writers, have given great importance to identifying with this voice, taking the mask of mockery, cynicism, and intelligence from Flaubert and placing it over their own faces. When reading Nabokov's Lolita, for instance, one detects a Flaubertian sensibility behind the scornful needling of American middle-class life. We all regard an eminent author's derision of human foolishness and mediocrity as appealing; we read his books, in some respects, to hear these voices and live among them." (Orhan Pamuk: "Table Talk")

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