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?                                                             - - Charles

Dear Charles,

Isn't it simply possible that he read it in English at university (Oxford was it? or Cambridge?)? I would be surprised to hear that VN had any contact with André Gide!


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