Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0026239, Sun, 21 Jun 2015 04:24:28 -0300

Recovering information about V.Nabokov's photograph
Thanks to the help of Brian Boyd and SES, I was guided to the photographer’s
picture of VN by “Lord Snowdon, … taken in December 1972, appeared in
Saturday Review of the Arts, January 6, 1973, and is mentioned in VNAY 609.”
This indication was sufficient to orient my search and, to my surprise, I
found the data I’d been looking for in the VN-L archives, including VN’s
words related to the soulful image wrapped in a poncho.

Cf. https://listserv.ucsb.edu/lsv-cgi-bin/wa?A2=nabokv-l;cc97819c.1003
Brian Boyd "Vladimir Nabokov, The American Years" (Princeton University,
1991) p.609, VN aged 73: "Early in a foggy December, Lord Snowdon arrived to
photograph Nabokov - a month after Youssuf Karsh had been on a similar
mission - for the special issue of Saturday Review of the Arts. Nabokov
enjoyed Snowdon's company as he clambered up to the hotel roof or stopped on
a mistily soulful hillside, in shops, cafés, and restaurants, and back in
his office, to pose for one of the most diverse porfolios of portraits any
photographer had assembled of him." [ ] "Vladimir Nabokov, Selected Letters
1940-1977," Ed. D.N and M.Bruccoli (A Harvest/HBJ Book) p504 to Edmund White
(1973): "Many thanks for this beautiful New Year gift (note: The January
1973 issue, which included VN's essay "Inspiration," Lord Snowdon's photos
of VN, and critical assesments.) You have never set eyes upon me, and yet,
by a flash of inspiration, you chose from the porfolio my best likeness for
the cover...and that the picture on p.43 (poncho plus a dream of infinity)
is a no less amusing parody of the Argentine dreamer...

Now I could also reach a link to the Saturday Review of the Arts is
Other texts are accessible below:


* <http://www.unz.org/Pub/SaturdayRev-1973jan06-00033> The Esthetics of

by Edmund White

, p. 33 - <http://www.unz.org/Pub/SaturdayRev-1973jan06-00033?View=PDF> PDF

* <http://www.unz.org/Pub/SaturdayRev-1973jan06-00034> The N Factor

by Joseph McElroy

, p. 34 - <http://www.unz.org/Pub/SaturdayRev-1973jan06-00034?View=PDF> PDF

* <http://www.unz.org/Pub/SaturdayRev-1973jan06-00035> Upright Among
Staring Fish

by William H. Gass

, p. 35 - <http://www.unz.org/Pub/SaturdayRev-1973jan06-00035?View=PDF> PDF

* <http://www.unz.org/Pub/SaturdayRev-1973jan06-00036> A Personal View of

by Joyce Carol Oates

, pp. 36-37 - <http://www.unz.org/Pub/SaturdayRev-1973jan06-00036?View=PDF>

* <http://www.unz.org/Pub/SaturdayRev-1973jan06-00038> Nabokov

by Lord Snowden

, pp. 38-43 - <http://www.unz.org/Pub/SaturdayRev-1973jan06-00038?View=PDF>

* <http://www.unz.org/Pub/SaturdayRev-1973jan06-00044> Russian

by Simon Karlinsky

, pp. 44-45 - <http://www.unz.org/Pub/SaturdayRev-1973jan06-00044?View=PDF>

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