Synopses & Reviews
Vladimir Nabokov held the unique distinction of being one of the most important writers of the twentieth century in two separate languages, Russian and English. Known for his verbal mastery and bold plots, Nabokov fashioned a literary legacy that continues to grow in significance. This volume offers a concise and informative introduction into the author's fascinating creative world. Specially commissioned essays by distinguished scholars illuminate numerous facets of the writer's legacy, from his early contributions as a poet and short-story writer to his dazzling achievements as one of the most original novelists of the twentieth century. Topics receiving fresh coverage include Nabokov's narrative strategies, the evolution of his world-view, and his relationship to the literary and cultural currents of his day. The volume also contains valuable supplementary material such as a chronology of the writer's life and a guide to further critical reading.
"The breadth of these essays--some have titles as expansive as 'Nabokov's Worldview'--does not negatively impact their depth. Though the Cambridge Companion does not always break through the density of Nabokov's art, these scholars to describe its complexity exquisitely." - Review of Contemporary Fiction Theodore Louis McDermott
"I recommend it to anyone interested in Nabokov."
Eric Naiman, Slavic and East European Journal
The Cambridge Companion to Nabokov provides a concise introduction to the creative world of one of the twentieth century's most important writers. Fourteen individual essays cover such topics as Nabokov's storytelling techniques, his achievements as a short story writer, his evolution as a novelist, his relationship to the literary currents of his day, his world-view, and his lasting artistic legacy, particularly through Lolita, his most famous and controversial work. The volume also contains a chronology of his life and a guide to further reading.
A concise introduction to the fascinating creative world of one of the twentieth century's most important writers.
About the Author
Julian Connolly is Professor and Department Chair of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia.
Table of Contents
Chronology; Introduction: the many faces of Vladimir Nabokov Julian W. Connolly; Part I. Contexts: 1. Strong opinions and nerve points: Nabokov's life and art Zoran Kuzmanovich; 2. Nabokov as storyteller Brian Boyd; 3. Nabokov as a Russian writer Alexander Dolinin; 4. 'By some sleight of land': how Nabokov rewrote America Susan Elizabeth Sweeney; 5. Nabokov and modernism John Burt Foster, Jr.; Part II. Works: 6. Nabokov as poet Barry Scherr; 7. Nabokov's short fiction Priscilla Meyer; 8. The major Russian novels Julian W. Connolly; 9. From Sirin to Nabokov: the transition to English Neil Cornwell; 10. Nabokov's biographical impulse: art of writing lives Galya Diment; 11. The Lolita phenomenon from Paris to Tehran Ellen Pifer; 12. Nabokov's late fiction Michael Wood; Part III. Related Worlds: 13. Nabokov and cinema Barbara Wyllie; 14. Nabokov's world view Leona Toker; A guide to further reading.