Happy New Year! 2019 holds great things in store for matters Nabokovian, some of which this message brings to your attention.
First, I would like to remind everyone that TheNabokovian.org is a wiki-style site to which all registrants can contribute. Once you are logged into the site, you can begin to make such contributions, whether by filling in your own profile as a “Nabokovian” or by filling in information about “People” Nabokov knew or “Places” he visited or mentioned in his works. In spite of the enormous contributions of its founders, many of our pages still need filling in and so I seek your support in this large community endeavour. Those of you teaching courses on Nabokov may wish to design assignments that help in this endeavour: what a great opportunity to have students’ research published on the go-to site for all matters Nabokov!
Second, thank you to all of you who have sent me messages with requests to register to TheNabokovian.org and to those of you who have remembered to renew your IVNS memberships. I would like to remind everyone else that it is now time to renew your IVNS memberships.
Third, there are some exciting new additions to our website. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Gerard de Vries for dedicating many long hours to securing permission from various estates to post some of Nabokov’s most famous and most beautiful photographs. I also want to thank Dmitry Kirsanov for posting these so elegantly on our site. Though this part of our website is still a work-in-progress, you may view it by going to “Life” and then scrolling down to “Photos.” Or, if you prefer a shortcut, you may simply go here: https://thenabokovian.org/life/photos/gallery
I would also like to thank Brian Boyd for his continued indefatigable work on the site. Most recently, he has posted Dieter Zimmer’s “Chronology of Lolita” and “Geography of Lolita,” and Jerry Friedman's Zembla “Timeline of Pale Fire.” You will find these mines of information under “Works” (scroll down to “Annotations” and find them attached to the annotations to Lolitaand Pale Firerespectively). I attach the url’s here:
There will be more such announcements in the coming days—with a big, very important announcement to follow. So please stay tuned and spend some of your leisure time browsing TheNabokovian.org and perhaps even contributing to it.
My best to you all,