NABOKV-L post 0005596, Mon, 20 Nov 2000 08:42:08 -0800

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Re: Setting us straight on VN's real story
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Kiran Krishna wrote:

> This message was originally submitted by kiran@PHYSICS.USYD.EDU.AU to the
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> Here is another interesting error in an otherwise good site:
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> http://www.middlebury.edu/~ferstand/bio.html
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> Nabokov and his family (his wife Vera and his son Dmitri) eventually moved
> to the United States. Nabokov, though he continued to write, took jobs as
> a professor at both Cornell University and Wellsley College. He continued
> to live in the United States until his death in 1977.
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> On Thu, 12 Oct 2000, D. Barton Johnson wrote:
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> > EDITOR's NOTE. An outfit called "Grade Saver"
> > displays a "sample?" bio of VN whence the following is extracted. I trust
> > Brian Boyd, Kurt Johnson?Steve Coates et al will wish to immediate revise
> > their books.
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> > Biography of Vladimir Nabokov
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> > Nabokov's first Russian novel, "Mary," was published that year, but received
> > little attention. However, the rise of the Nazi's interrupted his growing
> > literary career and forced him to move to Paris. He continued to write,
> > publishing the novels King, Queen, Knave in 1928 and The Defense in 1930. He
> > soon developed a Russian and French reader base that hailed his genius. The
> > eruption of the war soon caused him to flee Paris for New York in 1940,
> > along with his son Dmitri who had been born in 1934. Nabokov was age 41 by
> > this point, and although known among Russian writers, he had not yet reached
> > an English audience. Money was not a major issue due to his inheritance, but
> > he nonetheless chose to work. Returning to his hobby of butterfly
> > collecting, he succeeded in getting a position at the Museum of Natural
> > History in New York. He was rather successful in his Lepidoptera studies,
> > and his work includes the naming of several butterflies and the publication
> > of scientific studies.
> >
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> Cheers!
> yours
> Kiran
>
> "It is raining now."
> -Prof. D.B. Melrose
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