Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025512, Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:44:14 -0300

Re: About the rest of Boyd's annotations not in AdaOnline
Dear Brian,

¡Great! I will read the notes when they appear online. I'm at Ch 20, so I
have some weeks of them to read. I will also subscribe to The Nabokovian (it
will eventually arrive here), really looking forward to those 80 pages, the
smaller type the better :)

It's true someone can think it's frustrating to wait 15 years to have
AdaOnline complete, but you can also see it like having a gift of new notes
every year. It will be a good excuse to get into de maze of references and
cross-references, inside and outside the novel once again. I'll be alive in
15 years, and have a lot of books to read and reread in the meantime.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge and effort. I haven't been so excited
about something in years. And about my surname, I haven't noticed it before,
and now I can also see that it also has "Ad" (hell), and... (h)ell... hope
it doesn't really mean anything!

-- Diego.

----------------original message-----------------
From: "Brian Boyd" b.boyd@AUCKLAND.AC.NZ
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:37:56 +0000

Dear Diego,

There are some notes to Ada (and the rest of Nabokovs English novels and his
memoirs) in the Library of America editions, but they are very sparse,
limited to the kinds of annotations that the Library of America stipulates.

The notes for Pt 1 Ch 37 will probably be uploaded on to AdaOnline tomorrow;
the notes for Pt 1 Ch 38 (over 80 pages in a smaller type!) should be out
now in print form in the latest Nabokovian.

But the notes beyond that do not exist, except for fading, nearly
forty-year-old, pencil marginalia in my copy of Ada, an ongoing file of
notes I have of annotations that others have made to later parts of the
novel, and some ideas and memories. I compose a new instalment of notes, and
the fore- and after-notes, to a new chapter every six months, for the next
issue of the Nabokovian. At the present rate, Ill take another fifteen and a
half years (which sounds a long time but Ive been doing this for 21 years
now!), although if before that time I clear my desk of more urgent projects
(not looking likely for at least eight years) I could complete the rest in a

Your surname seems to combine Van, Ada, and poor Elle-Lucette.

Happy reading!

Brian Boyd

On 3/07/2014, at 6:06 am, Diego M. Vadell <[dvadell@CLUSTERING.COM.AR>


I've been reading Ada with delight, following AdaOnline's notes. It's been
very helpful because I only have the spanish edition, so I can check what
the original says when I mistrust the translation (although it's very good).
As far I understand, the rest of the notes (starting at chapter 37) are in
"Nabokov: Novels, 1969-1974", and the forenotes and afternotes are in The

In a couple of weeks a friend of mine will travel to the US and buy the
book (and "Ada: The Place of Consciousness" too), for me, so I'll have the
notes, but it's practically imposible for me to get all The Nabokovian
(money, shipping, my country's custom). Is there any other place or book
where I can find them? Or any other book I can buy to read something alike?
BTW, I'm no scholar, just a passionate reader.

And thanks for the list. It's level is too high for me, but I enjoy the
little I understand.

Thanks in advance,
-- Diego

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