9780679723424

Pale Fire

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  • ISBN13:

    9780679723424

  • ISBN10:

    0679723420

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1989-04-23
  • Publisher: Vintage

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Summary

In Pale Fire Nabokov offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures: a 999-line poem by the reclusive genius John Shade; an adoring foreword and commentary by Shade's self-styled Boswell, Dr. Charles Kinbote; a darkly comic novel of suspense, literary idolatry and one-upmanship, and political intrigue.

Author Biography

<b>Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov</b> was born on April 23, 1899, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Nabokovs were known for their high culture and commitment to public service, and the elder Nabokov was an outspoken opponent of antisemitism and one of the leaders of the opposition party, the Kadets. In 1919, following the Bolshevik revolution, he took his family into exile. Four years later he was shot and killed at a political rally in Berlin while trying to shield the speaker from right-wing assassins. <br><br>The Nabokov household was trilingual, and as a child Nabokov was already reading Wells, Poe, Browning, Keats, Flaubert, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Tolstoy, and Chekhov, alongside the popular entertainments of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Jules Verne. As a young man, he studied Slavic and romance languages at Trinity Coll

Table of Contents

Foreword 11(20)
Pale Fire
A POEM IN FOUR CANTOS
31(40)
Commentary
71(234)
Index 305

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