Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0017790, Mon, 2 Mar 2009 09:30:17 -0500

Re: Three Faces of Eve
The next issue of the Nabokov Online Journal will include an article by
Tiffany DeRewal and me that lays out our version of a Shade-Kinbote multiple
personality theory. We don't talk about TFoE, but I've always been
interested in that possible link. At the very least, its popularity in the
50s makes clear that a lot of people were thinking about split personalities
at that time. And we know, from notes in the Berg Archive, that Nabokov in
the late 1950s was reading DJ West's Psychical Research Today and paid
particular attention to several multiple personality case studies therein.

That said, I don't think Carolyn's idea of "word links," especially with a
word as mundane as "ditch," gets us very far. There would have to be a
whole host of stronger associations between PF and TFoE before I'd be
willing to sprinkle that one on top.

Matt Roth

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