This is the fourth of the five-part series "50 Writers Nabokov Loved." FYI, the source of this information is Nabokov's own Strong Opinions. Missed the previous posts? Here's Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. Now on to Part Four!
32. Alexander Pushkin: Nabokov called him a genius, referencing Eugene Onegin specifically. He actually translated it.
34. John Crowe Ransom: Nabokov admired his poem "Captain Carpenter."
35. Arthur Rimbaud: "A favorite between the ages of 10 and 15, and thereafter."
36. Alain Robbe-Grillet: A favorite of Nabokov's, he called him great.
37. J.D. Salinger: Nabokov called Salinger "by far one of the finest artists in recent years," referencing "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" in particular.
38. Delmore Schwartz: "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities" was a particular favorite of Nabokov's.
39. William Shakespeare: Well, duh. Nabokov wrote of the Bard, "One would like to have filmed him in the role of the King's Ghost. His verbal poetic texture is the greatest the world has ever known, and immensely superior to the structure of his plays as plays. It is the metaphor that is the thing, not the play. A genius."
40. Laurence Sterne: Nabokov wrote simply, "Love him."
Here is Part Five of this series.