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Sent: Tuesday, November 05, 2002 9:07 PM
Subject: Re: reply to Thomas N re Pale Fire
'Split personality of poor Shade' approach is the least
interesting of all I've read in this list.
It is one of many traps left by Nabokov in his texts for
people who prefer template (and inherently banal) way of reading: was it split
personalities 'school' of Dr Wind that was so popular in 1950's? Which is
opposite to re-reading beyond the boundaries set by any name or abbreviated
school. I look in literary criticism for the outline, hint, promise to develop
MY artistic abilities.
To answer question of authorship of Pale Fire one is forced to
answer questions that in real life are unanswerable. So may be there
is more to find in the texture that in text, after all? I like
invitation to the mirror world of Zembla: 'Not flimsy nonsense, but a web of
sense.' One should keep his/her mirrors clean in Zembla or risk being
- George Shimanovich
No "personal animosity or
mudslinging" here. But as the shrew says,a rather mean meaning, and I wonder
why you continue to find it necessary. But please! don't tell me. I'd rather
hear from those weary onlookers.