NABOKV-L post 0002491, Wed, 22 Oct 1997 15:02:17 -0700

Re: Nabokov's Reputation (fwd)
There is an overview of this theme in Mr. Boyd's _Nabokov: The American
Years_. The relevant chapters are those devoted to each Nabokov book
and its reception---it isn't as specific or as in-depth as what's been
previously suggested, but gives a good bird's eye view of how the public
received Nabokov's later works after the storms brewed up by _Lolita_,
_Pale Fire_, and _ADA_ (the storms are nicely reported as well).

Also interesting in a general way is the introduction to the
Nabokov-Wilson letters, which, though flawed in some ways, has a very
deft analysis of how Nabokov was viewed by a rising generation of
writers in the sixties (people like John Barth and others).


Juan Martinez
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From: Jeremy Caleb Johnson <>

I'm beginning a college research paper on Nabokov's literary
and how it has changed over the years. Does anyone have any suggestions
for secondary sources (biographies, reviews, commentaries, &c.)?


Jeremy Caleb Johnson
English/Russian, James Madison University
EDITOR's NOTE. There are several thing that might be useful. Norman
_NABOKOV: The Critical Heritage_ (1980); Sam Schuman's VN: A Reference
Guide_ (G.K.Hall 1979). Ludmila Foster's survey of emigre VN criticism
_Russian Literature Triquarterly_ early seventies). I did a short
macroscopic survey that ran on NABOKV-L perhaps three or four years ago.
Probably called "A Survey of Nabokov Studies" or something of the sort.
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