Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0022671, Mon, 2 Apr 2012 17:36:37 -0400

I am so sorry to hear of the death of Phyllis Roth. I only knew her a
little, but she was a kind, generous, insightful, and truly modest person. I
found this when I invited her to be a main speaker at the all-day Inner
Circle Seminar on Nabokov's short story "Signs and Symbols" that I organised in
London on 11 May 2008 for the 60th anniversary of its publication on 15 May

Before the seminar, over breakfast at Durrants Hotel, she astonished me by
telling me of her other great enthusiasm, Bram Stoker's "Dracula".

During the seminar, she taught us a lot, but It was typical of her that she
wrote afterwards: "The whole experience for me was far more that of
learning, really, than of my sharing -- which was of course especially wonderful
for me."

Anthony Stadlen

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In a message dated 02/04/2012 22:02:56 GMT Daylight Time,
rciancio@SKIDMORE.EDU writes:

Especially for people who knew her personally, I’m sorry to report that
Phyllis A. Roth, professor emerita and former dean of the faculty at Skidmore
College, died of pancreatic cancer on March 25, 2012, in upstate New York.
Phyllis will be remembered as the editor of Critical Essays on Vladimir
Nabokov (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1984) and the author of, among other articles, “
Toward the Man Behind the Mystification,” published in Nabokov’s Fifth
Arc, eds. J. E. Rivers and Charles Nicol.
Phyllis was my colleague for 25 years, a dear friend for over 36 years.
Preparatory to a scheduled memorial service in her honor, to be held on the
Skidmore College campus in May, I’d appreciate hearing from other
Nabokovians who might care to comment on any aspect of her scholarship or
participation in the launching of the Nabokov Society.
Ralph A Ciancio
Professor Emeritus of English
Skidmore College, North Broadway,
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Email: _rciancio@retired.skidmore.edu_
(mailto:rciancio@retired.skidmore.edu) Telephone: 518/584-9264

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