Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025027, Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:17:58 -0500

Re: QUERY re Timon of Athens and PF
My forthcoming book (*Nabokov's Shakespeare) *scheduled for publication
this Spring from Bloomsbury Publishers devotes a chapter to this topic.
There are lots of correspondences, perhaps most notably Kinbote's
self-dramatizing image of himself in exile in Cedarn, Utana as analogous to
Timon in his cave. It is also interesting that both works are sharply
bifurcated -- PF into poem and commentary, Timon into the Athenian setting
and then the woods.

On Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 8:54 PM, Nabokv-L <nabokv-l@utk.edu> wrote:

> -------- Original Message -------- Subject: Query re Timon of Athens and
> PF Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:36:52 -0800 From: Barrie Akin
> Barrie Akin <ba@TAXBAR.COM> <ba@TAXBAR.COM> ------
> Dear List
> I have just started reading Timon (for the first time, I am not ashamed
> to admit) and was surprised to find the first two characters to speak in
> Act I Scene I are a poet and a painter. I had assumed that the description
> by JS of Aunt Maud as 'a poet and a painter' was just a whimsical nod
> towards King George I of England ('I hate all boets and bainters' (sic))
> but clearly it wasn't. This set me thinking. Everyone here knows about the
> cave scene as the source of the title of PF, but what else is there in
> Timon that is echoed in PF and is there a comprehensive analysis of the
> correspondences between the two works?
> Barrie Akin
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