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This is an auction for VLADIMIR NABOKOV: THE AMERICAN YEARS by Brian Boyd.

“Boyd concludes his study of the master novelist begun in Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years. After the Russian Revolution and the rise of fascism, the latter half of Nabokov's life passes almost uneventfully. The major excitement comes with the publication of Lolita, which brings Nabokov not only fame but also fortune enough to abandon teaching. Eventually the man seems to vanish into his works, which plays to Boyd's considerable gifts as critic. Lolita and Pale Fire receive sharp, illuminating criticism. A stimulating work, highly recommended.”
- Library Journal (US)

“Nabokov (1899-1977) fled France with his family in 1940, just before German tanks rolled into Paris. In the U.S. he settled into a peripatetic life of permanent impermanence, and much of the first half of this volume is crammed with minutiae on his teaching, writing and lecturing. Boyd illuminates the contours of Nabokov's mind with sensuous precision, piercing the public persona of a very private man. The Russian emigre watched in bemusement as Lolita - which brought him fame, fortune and creative freedom -underwent a "process of vulgarization" in the public imagination. Boyd, senior lecturer at the University of Auckland, offers fresh readings of Nabokov's oeuvre. He conveys a keen sense of Nabokov as an artist who embraced life as an inexhaustible surprise and who suspected death to be a release from the self's prison. A triumphant and definitive biography, this volume completes the story begun with The Russian Years.”
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 1992.

783 pages.

Very good condition.

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