Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0026135, Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:39:46 -0300

{SIGHTING] Thomas Karshan and a short reference to VN

'Portrait of the Rabbit as a Young Beau': John Updike as New Yorker Humorist
by Thomas Karshan


".Are we seeing here how civilization, by severing our egoes, decapitates
us? Or is this a horrid hallucination of the aggressive competitiveness
always implicit in civility? Either way, the cartoon will have offered
Updike an early initiation into what he would later recognize as 'the
overall topic' of William Shawn's : 'civilization and its discontents', the
governing topic of all Updike's writing [ . ] Updike was one of the
principal figures in reinventing humour for the new, more sophisticated era
that began in 1951 when Ross died and was replaced by Shawn. Like Saul
Steinberg and Vladimir Nabokov, who had started before him in the late
1940s, and by both of whom he was in these years greatly influenced, Updike
took many of the stock themes of humour in the Ross era, giving them a
metaphysical twist which carried them forward into the raw material for his
serious fiction"

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