Synopses & Reviews
This collection complements Nabokov's widely praised Lectures on Literature
, which the Washington Post Book World
ranked "with Flaubert's letters, James' prefaces and Woolf's diaries as privileged, nourishing, irreplaceable meditations on the art of fiction."
If Nabokov sparkled in those lectures on European authors, he is completely in his element here in this work on the great nineteenth-century Russian writers Gogol, Turgenev, Groki, Dostoevski, Tolstoy, Chekhov.
Nabokov guides readers through intricacies of plot and character, meticulously detailing facts about Russia at the time, demonstrating his brilliance as a teacher.
"Nabokov is very good on Tolstoy, Gogol and Chekhov, whom he deems the best fiction writers that 19th century Russia produced. He is better still on Vladimir Nabokov, born 1899. To read his criticism of others is to learn more about Ada, Lolita, Pale Fire, and the rest." Time
"[Nabokov's] imagination and style lifted his lectures from the level of mere pedagogy into a realm of delight." New Republic
The author's observations on the great nineteenth-century Russian writers Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Gorky, Tolstoy, and Turgenev. "This volume...never once fails to instruct and stimulate. This is a great Russian talking of great Russians" (Anthony Burgess). Edited and with an Introduction by Fredson Bowers; illustrations.
About the Author
Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born poet, novelist, literary critic, translator, and essayist was awarded the National Medal for Literature for his life's work in 1973. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. He is the author of many works including Lolita, Pale Fire, Ada, and Speak, Memory.