Okay, "loved" might be a little strong. There are not many writers, nor many things at all, that Vladimir Nabokov loved. But according to his book Strong Opinions, there were a great many he admired. This is the first of five articles about writers towards whom Nabokov felt at least a little warm. [Here are Parts Two, Three, Four, and Five of this series.]
2. John Barth: Nabokov called Lost in the Funhouse a particular favorite with "lovely swift speckled imagery."
4. Andrei Bely: Nabokov called Bely's Petersburg the "third-greatest masterpiece of 20th century prose. A splendid fantasy."
5. Henri Bergson: A favorite of Nabokov's between the ages of 20 and 40, "and thereafter."
6. Alexander Blok: Nabokov said of the Russian poet, "Passionately fond of his lyrics, but his long pieces are weak... A favorite between the ages of 10 and 15, and thereafter."
7. Jorge Luis Borges: One of Nabokov's favorites. "How freely one breathes in his marvelous labyrinths! Lucidity of thought, purity of poetry. A man of infinite talent."
8. Robert Browning: A favorite of Nabokov's between the ages of 10 and 15, "and thereafter."
10. John Cheever: His short story "The Country Husband" was a "particular favorite" of Nabokov's. Of it, he said, "satisfying coherence," whatever that means.