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Vladimir Nabokov


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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (22 April 1899c – 2 July 1977) was a Russian-American novelist. Nabokov's first nine novels were in Russian. He then rose to international prominence as a writer of English prose. He also made serious contributions as a lepidopterist and chess composer.

Nabokov's Lolita (1955) is his most famous novel, and often considered his finest work in English. It ... more »

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  • ''I felt proud of myself. I had stolen the honey of a spasm without impairing the morals of a minor.''
    Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Lolita, pt. I, ch. 14.
  • It is hard, I submit, to loathe bloodshed, including war, more than I do, but it is still harder to exceed my loathing of the very nature of totalitarian states in which massacre is only an administra...
    Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. The Waltz Invention, foreword (1966).
  • ''To think that between a Hamburger and a Humburger, she would—invariably, with icy precision—plump for the former.''
    Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Lolita, pt. II, ch. 3.
  • ''If, from the very first, the action of the play is absurd, it is because this is the way mad Waltz—before the play starts—imagines it is going to be....''
    Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. The Waltz Invention, foreword (1966).
  • ''You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.''
    Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Lolita, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1955).
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