11. Anton Chekhov: A favorite between the ages of 10 and 15, and thereafter. "Talent," Nabokov said of his predecessor Chekhov, "but not genius. Love him dearly, but cannot rationalize that feeling."
12. Norman Douglas: He was a favorite of Nabokov's "between the ages of 20 and 40, and thereafter." His best known work is the novel South Wind.
13. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Nabokov called Emerson's poetry "delightful."
14. Gustave Flaubert: "A favorite between the ages of 10 and 15, and thereafter. Read complete works between 14 and 15."
15. Nikolai Gogol: Nabokov had mixed feelings about Gogol, but said that "at his best, he is incomparable and inimitable."
16. Nathaniel Hawthorne: Nabokov called him "a splendid writer."
17. Franz Hellens: Nabokov said Hellens was "very important." He particularly liked La femme partagée.
18. Ernest Hemingway: On the subject of Hemingway, Nabokov wrote, "A writer of books for boys. Certainly better than Conrad. Has at least a voice of his own. Nothing I would care to have written myself. In mentality and emotion, hopelessly juvenile. Loathe his works about bells, balls, and bulls." But he did call Hemingway's short story "The Killers" "delightful, highly artistic. Admirable," and The Old Man and the Sea "Wonderful. The description of the iridescent fish and rhythmic urination is superb."
19. A. E. Housman: "A favorite between the ages of 20 and 40, and thereafter."
20. Herbert Gold: His short story "Death in Miami Beach" was a "particular favorite" of Nabokov's.