Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0024397, Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:53:38 -0300

Re: [QUERY]: Pale Fire Index in e-books
Hello, NabLers (that term is great! I can't get over it... It is so funny)

A.Bouazza is right to remember the Collins Collector's Choice with the preface by Peter Quennell. Actually, this was my first experience with a Nabokov novel and for years I had no idea there was a foreword by a fictional John Ray Jr. In my opinion, it was an editor"s oversight and not deliberate.

Simon Rowberry, you could also check pirate versions of "Pale Fire" about the inclusion of an Index in them. I found at least two illegal reproductions using the Google - but I didn't examine them.

Jansy Mello.
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De: A. Bouazza
Enviada em: quinta-feira, 11 de julho de 2013 05:25
Assunto: Re: [NABOKV-L] [QUERY]: Pale Fire Index in e-books

Just an aside: the omission of John Ray Jr.'s foreword has a precedent in Collins Collector's Choice edition of 5 novels by VN. This 1979 edition contains Lolita, King Queen Knave, The Gift, Invitation to a Beheading and Glory, and an introduction by Peter Quennell -instead of Ray Jr.'s foreword.

A. Bouazza

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[QUERY]: Pale Fire Index in e-books

Tue, 9 Jul 2013 07:53:14 -0700

Simon Rowberry <s.p.rowberry@WINCHESTER.AC.UK>


Dear Nabokovians,
I'm currently in the middle of investigating the digital transmission history of PF and have discovered that the UK Penguin Kindle and iBooks editions of the text do not feature the Index, yet another example of an erroneous decision to remove part of the fiction in Nabokov's works (c.f. the replacement of John Ray Jr.'s foreword with one from Martin Amis). This is most likely based on the 2011 Penguin 9th printing by the text. I don't have a copy of that printing, does it also contain the error? Could anyone who has an e-book version of PF aside from the the UK iBook and UK Kindle versions let me know if their copy contains the index with the name of the publisher and the device/app the e-book can be read with at simon.rowberry@winchester.ac.uk?

Many thanks,

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