did VN read Hogg's Confessions?
Yes, it's coming back to me that that is why I asked in 1998 whether there
was a translation of Hogg's Sinner into Russian or French before 1932. Could
it be that VN was recommended the book by Gide, some time before writing
Despair? - -
Isn't it simply possible that he read it in English at university (Oxford
was it? or Cambridge?)? I would be surprised to hear that VN had any contact
with André Gide!
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