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By Vladimir Nabokov

For 2 many years, first at Wellesley after which at Cornell, Nabokov brought undergraduates to the delights of significant fiction. the following, accumulated for the 1st time, are his recognized lectures, which come with Mansfield Park, Bleak condominium, and Ulysses. Edited and with a Foreword through Fredson Bowers; creation via John Updike; illustrations.

Not fairly essays, no longer genial and common E. M. Forster-ish talks both, nor stirring defenses nor rhetorical destructions, those lectures Nabokov ready and gave at Cornell within the Fifties are only that: he talks and reads, we hear (the related normal method - heirophant making a choice on the secret from the dross - that Nabokov utilized in his personal fiction); and literature is taken aside like a boxful of toys: "impersonal mind's eye and creative delight," "the supremacy of the aspect over the overall, of the half that's extra alive than the whole." There are diagrams and drawings, quiddities made visible: a map of Sotherton court docket in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park; precisely what sort of beetle Gregor Samsa became in "The Metamorphosis" the facade of seven Eccles St., Bloom's residence in Ulysses; what Odette's orchid appeared like in Swann's approach. The extra particular and stuffed the author, the extra particular and stuffed Nabokov's lecture: Dickens, Flaubert, Joyce. He reveals Bleak House's methods scrumptious, the richness and the pity; in Ulysses he swats away the Freudian interpretations ("a thousand and one nights [made] right into a conference of Shriners") in desire of the devilish intricacy of Joycean synchronicity: "the hopeless earlier, the ridiculous and tragic current, and the pathetic future." the place sheer lush orchestration is much less the object, Nabokov falls again on thematic layering and transformation; prior to Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" he's nearly short, enchantedly synopsizing even supposing with microscopic consciousness nonetheless. In Nabokov a crankiness is usually close to the outside (here he rants opposed to videos, even music); and he betrays a definite nervousness by way of detailing a lot, as if an exceptional paintings may try to idiot him: there's anything whilst eccentric and regimental to his appreciation. yet ultimately there's a own, fussy, excessive rapture to those classes and illustrations, no longer really analytical (Nabokov was once too shielding and contentious for research - probably too remarkable, too) - extra a savour literature-as-camouflage. particular and significant. (Kirkus stories ) --This textual content refers to an out of print or unavailable version of this name.

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