Vladimir Nabokov

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ENC: [NABOKV-L] [Old SIGHTING] Nabokov's Berlin: Nabokov,
art and evil
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De: Jansy Berndt de Souza Mello [mailto:jansy@aetern.us]
Enviada em: segunda-feira, 17 de fevereiro de 2014 00:44
Para: 'Nabokv-l@Listserv.ucsb.edu'
Assunto: RES: [NABOKV-L] [Old SIGHTING] Nabokov's Berlin: Nabokov, art and

ABouazza [ to JM's "Nabokov dismissed Faulkner's "corn-cobby" writing - and
I cannot remember any other critical assessment by him in relation to the
writers McCullers has deftly assembled.] As an aside in relation to VN's
views on Faulkner, see Wyndham Lewis's devastating critique of William
Faulkner in "William Faulkner: The Moralist with a Corn Cob" in his Men
Without Art [1934] (Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1987) -VN would have
agreed with much in that article.

Jansy Mello: Carson McCuller's glissando essay, despite its brevity, arose
my curiosity about the elements she considered both Faulkner and Dostoevsky
shared independently of their different heritage. She departed from a
perspective on art that was quite distinct from Nabokov's but which I find
hard to dismiss. As Dr.D. Martinsen has pointed out, there " are multiple
references to Ivan's "all is permitted" in Lolita. " - and I wish that in
the near future we'll be able to access her paper about it.

The "corn-cob" image Nabokov employed was always present in my mind and,
thanks to your reference to W. Lewis's use of it, I came to a blog that
explores exactly this issue: ".The question I have set out to answer is:
Would Vladimir Nabokov have liked Lewis? As people, I'm sure they wouldn't
have gotten along. And perhaps Nabokov would have been a bit too much an
aesthete to please Lewis, and Lewis too much of a politician to please
Nabokov. But they do have a lot in common, especially as critics [ ] They
both make delightful fun of William Faulkner, in precisely the same way. In
a chapter titled "The Moralist With the Corn-Cob" Lewis produces impressive
lists of stupid words over-used by Faulkner, such as "myriad" and
"sourceless." [and] concludes, "William Faulkner is not an artist: he is a
satirist with the shears of Atropos more or less: and he is a very
considerable moralist-a moralist with a corn-cob!" I must confess that I had
no idea what all this corn cob business was about. I found it to be a funny
phrase, and I supposed it was some sort of good joke. Luckily I kept the
image in my head. Because it was the key to settling the question, "Would
Nabokov and Lewis get along?" [ ] Nabokov says ."I've been perplexed and
amused by fabricated notions about so-called Great Books. For instance.
Faulkner's corn-cobby chronicles." Corn-cobby chronicles! I almost fell out
of my seat when I first heard Nabokov utter those divine words. At first I
thought it was evidence that Nabokov had in fact read Lewis-that he was
making fun of Faulkner via Lewis's essay, "The Moralist with the Corn-Cob."
A bit of further research revealed that in fact in Faulkner's novel
Sanctuary one character rapes another with a corn cob. I'm happy I've never
read that book."
Adam Swick br/2010/02/faulkners-corn-cob-how-i-know-nabokov.html

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