Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0025824, Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:13:15 -0500

Remembering Sam Schuman
Dear List,

As I wrote to Nancy Schuman, "You don’t need us to tell you he was a
wonderful, sweet man, but we certainly felt privileged to discover that for

Sam was a fine Nabokovian. His 1979 secondary bibliography has been an
invaluable resource ever since. For decades Sam went into university
administration, which he apparently made not “the Dark Side” but the light
side. That meant he didn’t publish as much as he would have otherwise on
Nabokov—had he compiled decennial updates of his bibliography, they would
would have been a godsend. Since retiring from administration he has been
a regularly delightful presence at Nabokov conferences, including the one
here in Auckland. Sad that he was not able to carry through with his plans
for his own Nabokov conference, but I’m glad he was able to publish his
book on Nabokov and Shakespeare before he was too sick to celebrate its

We’ll miss his warmth, kindness, and gentle acumen.

Brian Boyd

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