Vdovin, Alexey. To the Sources of Nabokov's The Gift Fourth Chapter. 2009

Bibliographic title
To the Sources of Nabokov's The Gift Fourth Chapter
Periodical or collection
Nabokov Online Journal
Periodical issue
v. 3
Publication year

In Russian.


Th essay establishes the sources of a few marked quotations from Chernyshevski's Biography which have not been identified by commentators. They are quotations from M. Saltykov-Shchedrin, N. Shelgunov's article "A Literary Property" (ascribed to Chernyshevski by mistake), M. Lemke's article from the Dobroliubov's Complete Works, and A. Volynski's book, Russian Critics. The researcher suggests that Russian Critics (1896) served as the major source of Nabokov's conception of "aesthetic trial" for Chernyshevski in The Gift. Both Volynski's style and his historical and critical methods influenced Nabokov's principles of work with documentary material and mode of narration in the fourth chapter of his novel.