NABOKV-L post 0022114, Sat, 22 Oct 2011 11:23:40 -0700

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Phillips' *The Egyptologtist* is the closest thing to PF I've read.

On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 7:14 AM, Hyman, Eric <ehyman@uncfsu.edu> wrote:

> Stanley Wells, rev. of Arthur Phillips,* The Tragedy of Arthur*. *The* *New
> York Review of Books* 58.16 27 October 2011. 63-66:****
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> “[. . . ] Arthur Phillips’s wonderfully intricate,
> Nabokovian novel *The Tragedy of Arthur* composed in the form of an
> edition [. . .] of a previously unknown Shakespeare play [. . . ]” (63).
> *The Tragedy of Arthur* is an invented text surrounded by academic, or *
> faux*-academic, commentary. (I have obtained *The Tragedy of Arthur* but
> have not yet had the time to read it.)****
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> Wells’s “Nabokovian” primarily alludes to *Pale Fire*, of course, but I
> think *The Tragedy of Arthur* also harkens back to *Bend Sinister*, IMO
> Nabokov’s most underappreciated work. *Bend Sinister*’s Chapter 7, in the
> guise of anti-Stalinist satire, contains a delightful parody of* Hamlet*,
> which, BTW, antedates Tom Stoppard’s *Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are
> Dead*. And whenever academic parody arises, perhaps there is a distant
> connection to *Pnin*.****
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