Robert Alter


University of California, Berkeley

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Cycnos | Volume 10 n°1

Autobiography as Alchemy in Pale Fire

“There is an obvious sense in which autobiography has no relevance to Nabokov’s fiction, and he would have been the first to denounce any pursuit of links between an author’s life and his work as the pendantry of minds too dull to respond to the intrinsic enchantment of fictional invention. Again and again in his interviews and obiter dicta, Nabokov insisted on the distance between himself and his protagonists, and on the status of all his novels as consciously wrought artifacts, constituting new worlds and not reflecting the conventionally presupposed one that he and his readers were said to inhabit. Purposeful, exquisite design, not “self-expression,” is the watermark on every...”

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