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Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2002 7:47 PM
from Andrew Brown:Dear Andrew Brown,
He references primarily
classics or old, obscure references ... one of which is Thomas Flatman, an
English poet 1637-1688, who wrote a poem called A Thought of
Death which you may want to read. The Flatman reference is made by Kinbote
speaking with Shade and the guys in the commentary note where one of the guys
is trying to pronounce Professor Pnin's name. Make sure to give me credit for
what you find there.
Flatman seems to have evaded my library and both the local public and college
libraries. I do know that Professor Boyd has uncovered his panagyrics to
Charles II and Professor Meyer has uncovered an interest in death and possibly
nates. If you have found something else, I'd very much like to read it.
don't think T S Eliot, Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, Conan Doyle,
Goldsmith, Wordsworth, Swift, Pope, Shelley, Browning or R L Stevenson (I'm sure
I'm forgetting somebody) can be classified as old and obscure, but certainly
Flatman is both.
If you claim that Natochdag or Natogdag or Netochka is
a major character in Pale Fire, please provide some evidence, since he
appears to be a minor actor. Miss Natochdag is a major character in one of
Isak Dinesen's Seven Gothic Tales (The Deluge at Norderney) and Netochka
Nezvanova, also female, is a major character in a minor work by