Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025641, Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:26:22 -0700

Re: RES: [NABOKV-L] RES: [NABOKV-L] Two Johns Ray
Dear Jansy,

Not angry at all. It's VN's attitude toward John Ray, that's all. As you say, he's a typical example of the institutional psychiatrists and social workers of the day.

Bruce Stone's article is available on the net, but was too detailed for me to follow. He, and he is not alone in this, finds John Ray to play a more important role in Lolita than I had surmised. Further than that I can not go.


p.s. I still don't know the answer to my question.

On Aug 24, 2014, at 4:37 AM, Jansy Mello wrote:
> You also ask: “now if we only could find out why the wonderful John Ray's name is used to portray such an ass ….” in an angry tone. Funny, I always considered the doctor to be a typical example of institutional psychiatrists and never bothered much about him, nor why he’d been given such an illustrious name - except for the play with his initials (JR Jr.). I must have been too hasty in my dismissal!
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