In a message dated 20/11/2006 15:51:10 GMT Standard Time,
years ago I read Mary McCarthy's review of PALE FIRE which had appeared in NEW
REPUBLIC on June 4th 1962. Years later when I came across a Penguin PALE FIRE
with her review as an introduction to the novel it struck me as having been
order to answer the question whether McCarthy had identified the source of
VN's title in her original review, and knowing that I, at that time, had
xeroxed her review, searched two attics, and finally found it as reprinted in
Norman Page, NABOKOV: THE CRITICAL HERITAGE (Routledge & Kegan Paul
1982),pp. 124-136, where she admits:
have not been able to find, in Shakespeare or anywhere else, the source of
'pale fire.' In the commentary there is an account of the poet burning his
rejected drafts in 'the pale fire of the incinerator.' " p.
Aha! So in between 4 June 1962 and October 1962, somebody (Nobody?) told
her. And this seems to confirm that she did write the rest of it, or anyway some
of the rest of it.