NABOKV-L post 0024016, Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:21:13 -0400

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I had a wish for VN's birthday, which was to compile a list of the
birthdays of his characters, and also a list of major characters for
whom we do not (seem to) know the birthdays. My wish, however, did not
come true! Still, I have been wondering for most of the past year why we
do not know Humbert's birthday (in contrast to Fyodor G-Ch's, his
father's, Sebastian Knight's, Pnin's, and John Shade & co's). HH does
mention the general concept of his birthday twice ("...before my
thirteenth birthday"; "after my sixteenth birthday"), and the 12th,
13th, 14th, and 15th birthdays of Dolores Haze.

Cheers to VN at 114!

Steve Blackwell

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