Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0014833, Mon, 5 Feb 2007 11:49:33 -0800

Re: QUERY: William Matthews/VN left-handed?]
Dear Mike,
VN was definitely right-handed. I did find an image (see attached) of VN at
his lectern. He appears to be holding the pen in his left hand, which may
have led Matthews astray. The rest of the photo doesn't really match the
description in the poem, though there is a lamp (large rather than tiny).
My suspicion is that this was the photo Matthews saw; he simply changed it,
or remembered it differently, when he sat down to write his poem. Poetic

Matt Roth

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