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Vladimir Nabokov

Jane Grayson

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-263-9
Trim Size: 5 x 71/8

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Overlook Illustrated Lives

This is volume five of the acclaimed Overlook Illustrated Lives series of photographic biographies that offers fresh, intimate portraits of some of our favorite writers. The lively texts are accompanied by over a hundred rare images, many in color and previously unpublished, depicting the author's world.

Vladimir Nabokov is one of the most respected and revered literary figures of the 20th century. All of his works are regarded as modern classics and two of his books are represented on the Modern Library's list of the 100 best novels of the 20th century Lolita (#4) and Pale Fire (#53). Despite the shadow of exile and other setbacks in his life, his work exudes a tremendous vivacity and joy. Even at its darkest, it has inventiveness and a richness of perception that has rarely been surpassed.

In his early writing career, Nabokov's reading audience mostly consisted of the Russian-speaking people of Germany and France. However, in the early 1950s, he wrote a novel that would eventually cement his place in the literary world the infamous Lolita. At first, he had difficulty finding a publishing house that would take on the controversial novel. Eventually the book was released in France by the Olympia Press, and went on to become an international success, spending six months as the number one bestseller in America. The triumph of Lolita propelled Nabokov from a relatively obscure life to that of mainstream success.

The photographs and illustrations in this volume, many previously unpublished, range from early photographs of the Nabokov estates in Russia to hand-corrected manuscript pages, first edition book jackets, and examples of his lifelong passion for butterflies. Acclaimed scholar Jane Grayson provides fresh insight into the celebrated author's life, making this volume a unique glimpse into the life of the modernist master.

"A strikingly handsome new series." Ben Dickson, Elle

"The reproductions-of family portraits, movie posters, and paintings-are fascinating, and the pared-down bios are clean and highly readable." Publishers Weekly

Jane Grayson is a lecturer at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at the University of London and is one of the world's leading authorities on Nabokov. She brings to this book years of extensive research and has unearthed some never-before-published photos. Her most recent publication is Nabokov's World, a book of essays that she co-edited.

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