Vladimir Nabokov had strong opinions on just about everything - including, especially, literature. Whatever anyone mentioned, it seems, he either loved it or was indifferent to it. Here are the four works Nabokov considered the top masterpieces of the twentieth century, ranked in the order he specified.Read More
From Nabokov's conflicts with Jean-Paul Sartre and Edmund Wilson to the possible plagiarism of Lolita, the literary master effortlessly stirred up storms of controversy in his lifetime - and long after.Read More
Okay, so we've thoroughly covered the writers Nabokov admired and books he taught in his classes. But you can bet he also hated several books, too. In fact, some of the writers he admired sometimes wrote books he intensely disliked. Here are some of Nabokov's least favorite writers and books and what he had to say about them.Read More
It's a stretch to say that Nabokov really loved any particular author, but there were plenty he admired and of whom he was fond. Culled from his book Strong Opinions, this is Part Three of a five-part series on authors whom Vladimir Nabokov most nearly loved. Read Part One here and Part Two here.Read More
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.Read More
When asked whether he learned anything from his students at Cornell, Nabokov said categorically that he didn't, noting that he even "vainly tried to replace my appearances at the lectern by taped records to be played over the college radio."
"I do not know if I learned anything from teaching, but I know I amassed an invaluable amount of exciting information in analyzing a dozen novels for my students," he added. This much is true, and we are all richer for it. Here are twenty books Nabokov taught in his classes...Read More
Vladimir Nabokov was, of course, incredibly well-read. He earned his BA from Trinity College, Cambridge in Slavic and Romance languages, and went on to teach Russian and literature. Of course, being Nabokov, he claimed to have no influences. However, there are a few authors he regularly referenced in interviews, and we may also consult his books...Read More