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Sent: Friday, November 22, 2002 7:26 PM
Subject: CK replies to JF re Pale Fire Canto IV
First of all, the beautiful writing that follows some of
Canto IV, I have never come across a poem anything like this. Have you? Even in
this day and age, I can't imagine anyone would publish the poem as it stands.
Imagine yourself as John Shade's publisher - would you be happy with this poem?
Would you publish it as it stands?
> passages strikes me as evidence against disintegration.
Even if he
> did have a stroke, though, that wouldn't make me
think less of him.
> (And I don't see him as a saint or myself as any
kind of Shadean.)
> Jerry Friedman
Somewhere Nabokov is said to have
called Shade "the greatest invented poet" and the italics are Nabokov's.
My interpretation: John Shade is not a great poet, he is a great