NABOKV-L post 0000858, Tue, 12 Dec 1995 14:20:45 -0800

Re: Query: VN & Akhmatova (fwd)
From: Gennadi Barabtarlo <>

------------------ I think VN thought Akhmatova's poetry was rather
feminine and therefore weak. The reference to her, and a sharp imitation
of Akhmatova's style in Pnin are telling (and she was quite offended by
that, as recorded in both Kornei Chukovski's and his daughter's published
diaries). But then I doubt he knew anything she wrote after 1922, which
was much better than the verse upon which her early fame rested. GB

Gennady Barabtarlo
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