Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0013667, Wed, 18 Oct 2006 04:59:32 EDT

Re: ck to Anthony Stadlen re VN opinion of theories

In a message dated 17/10/2006 23:59:39 GMT Standard Time,
chaiselongue@EARTHLINK.NET writes:

Among those who argued for the single author theory the Shadeans believed
that Shade had "faked" his death and wrote the commentary as a character he
invented (Kinbote) and the Kinboteans said Shade was the invention, Kinbote the
only author.

It was to these ideas that Nabokov was making the comments you refer to.

Dear Carolyn,

Yes, it did occur to me, even as I wrote, that your theory was not the same
as the one(s) that VN was dismissing. You are quite justified in insisting on
this distinction.

Best wishes,


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