Newsletter April 2011 – The Faces of US Immigrants: Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was born on April 22, 1899 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Nabokov was a multilingual Russian novelist and short story writer who wrote his first nine novels in Russian, then rose to international prominence as a master English writer. He also made contributions to entomology, particularly in studying butterflies and he also had an interest in chess problems.

Vladimir Nabokov’s family moved to the United States in 1940. And by 1945, he became a U.S. naturalized citizen.

Nabokov’s Lolita (1955) is frequently cited as among his most important novels and is his most widely known, exhibiting the love of intricate word play and synesthetic detail that characterised all his works. The novel was ranked at #4 in the list of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels. His other novel Pale Fire (1962) was ranked at #53 on the same list. His memoir, Speak, Memory, was listed #8 on the Modern Library nonfiction list.

Vladimir Nabokov died on July 2, 1977 in Montreux, Switzerland. He was 78 years old.

A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.”
– Vladimir Nabokov

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