NABOKV-L post 0018930, Tue, 8 Dec 2009 11:34:30 -0200

Re: Hubert H. Hubert
Matt Roth: It occurs to me that some readers of TOOL (my students included!) will not recognize that "Hubert H. Hubert," while clearly sending us back to Humbert Humbert, also owes something nominal to Hubert H. Humphrey, the American senator, vice-president (under LBJ), and presidential candidate from Minnesota.

JM: A few months ago someone suggested a link bt. Humbert Humbert and the naturalist Humboldt. Now MR links TOoL's Hubert H Hubert to H.H.Humphrey. Probably Nabokov, not having had access to google-type search instruments, could not foresee all the H.H "good and bad guys" who might have been associated with these initials, so he was unable to avoid indicating people which he didn't intend to mention? Even if unconsciously his Russian experience might have included other names with a sinesthetic similar sounding but very black viscous G?

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