Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025350, Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:24:31 -0300

old news from the NYT easily accessible online
Trying to recover a few digitalized short-stories by V.Nabokov, I found a
batch of interesting old news related to the NYT and The New Yorker:


a small sample:

6838C669EDE> uzzlemaker or Titan?; With the Stamp of Genius, Nabokov's Rich
Tapestry Refines His Private Experience


"I have never seen a more lucid, more lonely, better balanced mad mind than
mine," Vladimir Nabokov said of himself with typical perverse-elegance. But
other opinions varied. To some he seemed decadent: They would say of his
writing what...

July 4, 1977, Tuesday

7838A669EDE> Understanding Vladimir Nabokov --; A Red Autumn Leaf Is a Red
Autumn Leaf, Not a Deflowered Nymphet Understanding Nabokov


IN the
greenhouse that lobbies for the Edwardian rococo Palace Hotel, a dozen
Trumanesque tourists and their plum-pudding ladies are worrying one another
about the weather -- asking anxiously whether it will hold for their


Nabokov's first contribution to The New Yorker was "Literary Dinner," a poem
that appeared on April 11, 1942. It was followed in June by a poem, "The
Refrigerator Awakes," composed over the 1941 Thanksgiving holiday, spent at
the Wellfleet home of Edmund Wilson and Mary McCarthy. Over the next few
decades, the magazine would prove Nabokov's most reliable source of income,
as well as a high-profile forum through which he achieved most of his
pre-Lolita popularity. Katharine White became his editor and contact at the
magazine. Soon thereafter, she became a champion of his work - though not an
unconditional one - and a good friend. In 1944, when Wilson contacted her
about Nabokov's financial straits, she secured for him a $500 advance
against future contributions, and won for the magazine a first-reading
agreement that remained in effect until his death[ ] In 1963 and 1964, the
magazine agreed to print several of his Russian stories in translation,
excerpts from The Gift, and The Defense in its entirety over the course of
two issues - the first such occurrence in the history of that magazine - for
an unheard-of $10,400.

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