NABOKV-L post 0017369, Fri, 21 Nov 2008 14:40:48 -0500

Re: VN on allegory?
A few places spring to mind. One is Strong Opinions where he says to
"Ignore allegories" (66). The afterword to Lolita has "I detest
symbols and allegories." In Brian Boyd's biography there is a letter
quoted concerning Invitation where he says something similar (Russian
Years, 419). I give a little (incomplete) list of such remarks in
Style is Matter (115 ff.).


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On Nov 20, 2008, at 10:17 PM, R S Gwynn wrote:

> I recall reading some dismissive remarks that VN made about allegory
> as a literary mode, but I can't recall where. Does anyone remember
> where this was? Probably in the Lectures on Literature, but I just
> can't remember in what context he said these remarks.
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