Simon Karlinsky


University of California at Berkeley

Articles de l'auteur


Cycnos | Volume 10 n°1

Nabokov and Chekhov: Affinities, parallels, structures

“Recalling in a 1964 interview the books he “relished especially” between the ages of ten and fifteen, Vladimir Nabokov listed a number of English, French and Russian writers. Among the Russians, he named, in this order, Chekhov, Tolstoy and Alexander Blok. His great love for Pushkin, he went on to say, came later, between the ages of twenty and forty.1 This early commitment to the writings of Anton Chekhov continued for a lifetime, as is illustrated in Nabokov’s calling him “my predecessor” in a 1956 letter to Edmund Wilson.2 The attachment finds its ultimate conf...”

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Cycnos | Volume 12 n°2

Nabokov and Some Poets of Russian Modernism

“In the first of two imaginary conversations that the protagonist of Nabokov’s novel Dar (The Gift) has with the poet Koncheyev, the great flowering of Russian poetry at the turn of the century, sometimes called the Silver Age, is evoked and illustrated by fragments from poems by Konstantin Balmont and Aleksandr Blok1. The protagonist mentions that in his early youth he “accepted ecstatically, gratefully, completely, without critical carpings, all the five poets whose names began with ‘B’ — five senses of the new Russian poetry.”2 ...”

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