Juxtaposing the opening of The Gift's second chapter with Speak, Memory's account of Nabokov's first poem and Lolita's couch scene reveals a surprising set of similarities. A preliminary study of these common points leads to some intriguing linkages and contradictions among Nabokov's roles as writer of fiction, autobiography, self-parody, and criticism. It also provides a new data set to be examined in light of the currently dominant critical paradigm, revises Nabokov's relations to other artists, and may even lead to consequences for his aesthetic theory.
"Just as it was, or perhaps a little more perfect": Notes on Nabokov's Sources
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