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three mixed languages

“I’m reading his diary published by his last duchess, it’s in three mixed languages and lovely, I’ll lend it to you. You see, darling, I’d consider myself a pied cheat if the small parts I conceal in public were not of the same color as those on show.”

— Vladimir Nabokov, Ada

Literature

detail is always welcome

“This is the whole of the story and we might have left it at that had there not been profit and pleasure in the telling; and although there is plenty of space on a gravestone to contain, bound in moss, the abridged version of a man’s life, detail is always welcome.” 6 more words

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life’s joke

“Death often is the point of life’s joke.”

— Vladimir Nabokov, Laughter in the Dark

Literature

an ideal stepfather

My memory and my eloquence are not at their best today but really, my dear Mr. Humbert, you were not an ideal stepfather, and I did not force your little protégée to join me. 14 more words

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he swore disgustingly

This house is not as modern as that ranch we shared with dear friends. But it is roomy, cool in summer and winter, and in a word comfortable, so, since I intend retiring to England or Florence forever, I suggest you move in. 20 more words

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On Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita

I have never encountered a work of literature whose author, a master wordsmith to say the least, has displayed such creative use of the English language as Nabokov. 604 more words

English Language

Ada, our ardors and arbors

“The girls don’t matter,” said Van, “it’s the fellows I’ll kill if they come near you. Last night I tried to make a poem about it for you, but I can’t write verse; it begins, it only begins: Ada, our ardors and arbors— but the rest is all fog, try to fancy the rest.”

— Vladimir Nabokov, Ada

Literature