NABOKV-L post 0018722, Fri, 30 Oct 2009 16:01:03 -0700

Re: Frost/Shade Query
this is a really strong point and I far as I understand the nature of Pale Fire, there is no definite prototype or models but politype and polimodels because John Shade (as a character) has been conceived mentally by Nabokov but put into paper maybe by Kinbote or maybe not. And I believe John Shade has some features (poetic) from VN himself, from Robert Frost, from Pushkin etc. but I don't think it is possible to set a line between them and taxonomy. Again, I think it is a great question.

Best regards, Vladimir Mylnikov

From: frances assa <franassa@HOTMAIL.COM>
Sent: Thu, October 29, 2009 12:05:08 PM
Subject: [NABOKV-L] Frost/Shade Query

I understand Robert Frost was intended to be the model for John Francis Shade in Pale Fire, but I don't know why people have come to that conclusion.  Any ideas?  Thanks, Fran Assa

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