NABOKV-L post 0002642, Thu, 18 Dec 1997 10:56:19 -0800

Shade and Russian (fwd)
From: Stephen Blackwell <>

For the record, the crux of D. Barton Johnson's argument (in _Worlds in
Regression_) against Shade as Kinbote's "creator" is that Shade, unlike
Kinbote, displays no knowledge of Russian. It would be useful to look at
the entire poem with an eye toward uncovering allusions to or echoes of the
Russian language-- a task which I have mused about in the past but not
undertaken to date.

Steve Blackwell
University of Tennessee, Knoxville