NABOKV-L post 0022669, Mon, 2 Apr 2012 17:17:55 -0400

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Dear List,

I am very sorry to hear of Phyllis Roth's death. Phyllis chaired the panel at which I presented my first paper on Nabokov at the annual MLA conference--a study of his doubles in terms of his relationship with his brother Sergey, entitled "The Brothers Nabokov: Repetition and Revision"--in December 1986. I was a shy and anxious graduate student, but Phyllis took me under her wing, encouraging my interest in VN's doubles (which had been the subject of her dissertation) and inviting me to become an active member of the Vladimir Nabokov Society. I think her essay "The Man Behind the Mystification," in particular, remains one of the most important essays written on Nabokov.

Susan Elizabeth Sweeney

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