Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0004845, Fri, 3 Mar 2000 08:15:22 -0800

Re: LOLITA and Hedda Hopper (for those who remember)
From: Mark Mc Laughlin <mem823@earthlink.net>

In Don Knotts's new book, Barney Fife and Other Characters I Have
Known, there is a Lolita reference:

A fellow then tapped me on the shoulder and identified himself as a motion
picture PR man. "Do you supposeyou could introduce me to Miss (Hedda)
Hopper?" he asked. "I want to invite her to a studio screening of Lolita."
I said, "Sure." I wondered how Miss Hopper would react to the invitation.
She had always taken a strong stance against anything even bordering on
immorality in movies. As we were landing, I introduced him. We pulled to
the gate and he started helping her with her bags. He said, "By the way,
Miss Hopper, we are screening Lolita, and we'd like you to be our guest."
She threw him a disdainful look, turned, and started down the aisle toward
the exit. Over her shoulder she said, "I read Lolita while I was in Egypt
and I threw it in the Nile."

I just thought you ought to know about that,
Mark E. Mc Laughlin
>From: Donald Barton Johnson <chtodel@humanitas.ucsb.edu>
>Subject: Nabokov cited in two new books (fwd)
>Date: Wed, Mar 1, 2000, 11:22 AM

>EDITOR's NOTE. NABOKV-L thanks D.K. Holm for the following info. This is a
>good example of one of the basic functions I had in mind for NABOKV-L. It
>calls attention to out-of-the-way materials that might be overlooked by
>the VN researcher and briefly evaluates them.
>From: D.K. Holm <dkholm@pop.nwlink.com>
>A new bio of Mary McCarthy, "Seeing Mary Plain," by Frances Kiernan, NY,
>1999, Norton, 843 pages, $35, ISBN 0 393 03801 7, has the expected
>references to Nabokov in connection with Lolita and her review of Pale
>Fire. Nothing extensive or new, just the basic stuff, and somewhat less
>than what Kiernan's predecessors have supplied. By the way, Kiernan came
>across to me as having sympathy for Edmund Wilson, unlike some previous
>bios of McCarthy.
>A book called "Pushkin's Tatiana," by Olga Peters Hasty, University of
>Wisconsin Press, 1999, ISBN 0 299 16404 7, has about 25 references to
>Nabokov, mostly in the notes. Haven't read this one yet, but the jacket
>says that it's a new interpretation of Eugene Onegin that takes Tatiana (to
>be reductive about it) as the real central character. A citing of Nabokov
>over pages 86-87 proved to be negative, and I hope is not indicative of
>other references to VN.
>D K Holm