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Author: Stacy Schiff
Publisher: Modern Library
ISBN: 0307781763
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for biography and hailed by critics as both “monumental” (The Boston Globe) and “utterly romantic” (New York magazine), Stacy Schiff’s Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) brings to shimmering life one of the greatest literary love stories of our time. Vladimir Nabokov—the émigré author of Lolita; Pale Fire; and Speak, Memory—wrote his books first for himself, second for his wife, Véra, and third for no one at all. “Without my wife,” he once noted, “I wouldn’t have written a single novel.” Set in prewar Europe and postwar America, spanning much of the century, the story of the Nabokovs’ fifty-two-year marriage reads as vividly as a novel. Véra, both beautiful and brilliant, is its outsized heroine—a woman who loves as deeply and intelligently as did the great romantic heroines of Austen and Tolstoy. Stacy Schiff's Véra is a triumph of the biographical form.

Burning Books

Author: M. Fishburn
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230583660
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This provocative new work examines the years between the Nazi book fires and the publication of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 (1953), a period when book burning captured the popular imagination. It explores how embedded the myths of book burning have become in our cultural history, and illustrates the enduring appeal of a great cleansing bonfire.

On Nabokov Ayn Rand And The Libertarian Mind

Author: Gene H. Bell-Villada
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443863742
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On Nabokov, Ayn Rand and the Libertarian Mind not only conjoins two seemingly divergent authors but also takes on the larger picture of libertarian trends and ideologies. These timely topics further intermingle with Bell-Villada’s own conflicted relationship – personal, cultural, satirical, literary – to the “odd pair” and their ways of thinking. The inclusion of Louis Begley’s essay adds yet another dimension to this unique, wide-ranging meditation on art and politics, history and memory.

Authorship In Nabokov S Prefaces

Author: Jacqueline Hamrit
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443873020
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Whereas literary criticism has mainly oscillated between “the death of the author” (Barthes) and “the return of the author” (Couturier), this work suggests another perspective on authorship through an analysis of Nabokov’s prefaces. It is here argued that the author, being neither dead nor tyrannical, alternates between authoritative apparitions and receding disappearances in the double gesture of mastery without mastery which Derrida calls ‘exappropriation’, that is, a simultaneous attempt to appropriate one’s work, control it, have it under one’s power and expropriate it, losing control by loosening one’s grip. The intention of this is to approach, through one’s experience of reading and interpreting, the experience of self-effacement and impersonality pertaining to writing (cf. Blanchot). Prefaces are considered to be suitable places for the deconstruction of the classical image of Nabokov’s arrogance through the unearthing of his reserve and vulnerability. This work provides an account of the mere intuition (which, therefore, does not pretend to be a conclusive and definitive interpretation) of another image of Nabokov whose undeniable talent for deception seems in accordance with a need for discretion and secrecy.


Author: Stacy Schiff
Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641083311
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Die glänzend erzählte Lebensgeschichte der legendären ägyptischen Königin Kleopatra VII., letzter weiblicher Pharao Ägyptens, ist heute hinter Mythen, übler Nachrede und märchenhafter Schönheit verborgen. Stacy Schiff , Pulitzer-Preisträgerin, zeigt in ihrer Biografie dank intensiver Recherche und neuer Auswertung antiker Quellen nicht nur die laszive Verführerin und das intrigante Machtweib, sondern enthüllt eine außerordentlich starke Herrscherin – selbstbewusst, versiert in politischem Kalkül, diplomatisch und visionär. Detailfülle und Mut zum zugespitzten historischen Urteil, sprachliche Eleganz und provokantspritzige Porträts der mächtigen Mit- und Gegenspieler an Kleopatras Seite versetzen den Leser ins alte Reich am Nil mit seinem weltläufigen Charme und seiner machtpolitischen Unerbittlichkeit.

Die Mutprobe

Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644002320
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«Die Mutprobe» erinnert voller Melancholie an die russische Heimat Vladimir Nabokovs. Seine Hauptfigur Martin Edelweiß ist ein wurzelloser Emigrant. Studium in Cambridge, langweilige Ferien in der Schweiz, eine Dreiecksgeschichte, in der er der unglückliche Dritte ist, Berlin und die in sich geschlossene Welt der russischen Emigranten-Stationen eines jungen Heimatlosen, den Nabokov auf der Suche nach einem Lebenssinn durch ein gefährdetes Europa zwischen den Kriegen treiben lässt.

The Real Story

Author: Sarah Statz Cords
Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated
ISBN: 9781591582830
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Explores the genres and sub-genres of nonfiction and provides an annotated bibliography of more than five hundred popular nonfiction titles, organized according to genre with a focus on titles published in the last decade.

Some Memories Of A Long Life 1854 1911

Author: Malvina Shanklin Harlan
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 9780679642626
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The wife of Supreme Court justice John Marshall Harlan describes such seminal events as the Civil War, the end of slavery, and various Supreme Court decisions influenced by her own everyday life and that of her family.

The Poetics Of Tenderness

Author: Robert Cantwell
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498548342
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This book, a literary-critical work on love, argues that romantic love originates neither in the gratification of appetite nor in the sexual drive, but in the nurturing relation of caregiver and child. When we, distinguish between self and other, love engages our aesthetic and analytic capacities together to recognize and to create the beloved.