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Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA
Publication date June 9, 2015
Pages 354
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780802743633
ISBN-10 0802743633
Dimensions 1.50 by 6.50 by 9.75 in.
Weight 1.38 lbs.
Original list price $28.00
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A unique portrait of Vladimir Nabokov told through the lens of the years he spent in a land that enchanted him, America.

The author of the immortal Lolita and Pale Fire, born to an eminent Russian family, conjures the apotheosis of the high modernist artist: cultured, refined--as European as they come. But Vladimir Nabokov, who came to America fleeing the Nazis, came to think of his time here as the richest of his life. Indeed, Nabokov was not only happiest here, but his best work flowed from his response to this exotic land.

Robert Roper fills out this period in the writer’s life with charm and insight--covering Nabokov’s critical friendship with Edmund Wilson, his time at Cornell, his role at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. But Nabokov in America finds its narrative heart in his serial sojourns into the wilds of the West, undertaken with his wife, Vera, and their son over more than a decade. Nabokov covered more than 200,000 miles as he indulged his other passion: butterfly collecting. Roper has mined fresh sources to bring detail to these journeys, and traces their significant influence in Nabokov’s work: on two-lane highways and in late-’40s motels and cafés, we feel Lolita draw near, and understand Nabokov’s seductive familiarity with the American mundane. Nabokov in America is also a love letter to U.S. literature, in Nabokov’s broad embrace of it from Melville to the Beats. Reading Roper, we feel anew the mountain breezes and the miles logged, the rich learning and the Romantic mind behind some of Nabokov’s most beloved books.



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from Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA (June 9, 2015)
9780802743633 | details & prices | 354 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.50 in. | 1.38 lbs | List price $28.00
About: A unique portrait of Vladimir Nabokov told through the lens of the years he spent in a land that enchanted him, America.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780380786510 Book cover for 9781632863881
 
Reprint edition from Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA (October 18, 2016)
9781632863881 | details & prices | 368 pages | List price $18.00
About: Born to an eminent Russian family, Vladimir Nabokov came to America fleeing the Nazis and remembered his time here as the richest of his life.
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9780380786510 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $5.99
This edition also contains The Unified Field
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