Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0008762, Fri, 17 Oct 2003 10:43:05 -0700

QUERY: Prototype chessmasters for THE DEFENSE
MessageEDNOTE. There is a substantial literature on THE DEFENSE some of which suggests protoptypes including Tartakover & Kieseritsky. VN denied Akiba Rubenstein as a model. Check the Nabokov biobliography at http://www.libraries.psu.edu/nabokov/.

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From: Bába Ildikó
To: Vladimir Nabokov Forum
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2003 8:52 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: The original of Dorotea

I am Ildiko Baba from Hungary. I'm writing my dissertation about The Defence. My question is: did VN know anyone, who could be the model, the sample of Luzhin's figure? Did he know someone with this kind of behavior? Maybe Mr Dmitri Nabokov knows something about this ....
Thank you for your help!
Ildiko Baba