Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0015810, Fri, 14 Dec 2007 14:22:13 -0500

THOUGHTS: W.F. Kirby, Lepidoptera
I want to say a bit more about that Zemblan variation of the Elder Edda (C.
79), or rather about its purported translator. Kinbote says (with a question
mark) that the translator is Kirby. Someone on the list a long while back
noted that this is probably a reference to W.F. Kirby, who translated the
Kalevala in the late nineteenth century. But of course Kirby was primarily
known as a lepidopterist. See here, for example:


I noticed today that among the Pseudolucia Nabokov (many of the more recent
of which were assigned Nabokovian names) listed here


we find Pseudolucia sibylla (Kirby, 1871).

So...is this convergence of Nabokov, Kirby, and sibylla (think Sybil) in
both the natural world and in PF just a happy accident?

Matt Roth

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