In a message dated 22/12/2006 19:08:16 GMT Standard Time,
In the 1932 novel Despair there is no reference to
"cresset," just to something beginning
with 'Memoirs of a --' of a what? .... 'Justification of a
Likeness'? Apparently VN first read the work in another edition*
and only later, before writing Pale Fire, acquired the Cresset.
Yes, it's coming back to me that that is why I asked in 1998 whether there
was a translation of Hogg's Sinner into Russian or French before
1932. Could it be that VN was recommended the book by Gide, some time
before writing Despair?