NABOKV-L post 0014388, Thu, 14 Dec 2006 23:25:36 -0500

Poe, VN, and Jorge Luis Borges
Charles, I think that you may have accidentally confused dates and ages.
Poe was educated in England 1815-1820, from the ages of six to eleven
(he was born in 1809).

I have often speculated that some of the striking affinities in VN's
and Jorge Luis Borges's adult fictions may reflect the fact that they
both read and reread Poe, Stevenson, and Conan Doyle in English as
children. (VN and JLB--born in the same year--were similarly
fluent in English, and raised in Anglophile families.)


>In pursuit of this thread I looked up EAP, and was rather surprised to
learn that he'd been educated in Scotland and England between the ages
of 15 and 20. I do think of him as an American writer, but of a rather
peculiar kind.

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