Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977

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Birth 1899-04-22
Death 1977-07-02
Polish, English, Italian, Russian, French, German

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Vladimir Nabokov was a Russian and American novelist, poet, short-story writer, lecturer, and literary critic.

From the description of Vladimir Nabokov papers, 1918-1987 bulk (1934-1975) [microform]. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 210012737

From the description of Vladimir Nabokov papers, 1918-1987 bulk (1934-1975). (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122465556

From the guide to the Vladimir Nabokov papers, 1918-1987, 1934-1975, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1899. He, his wife and child emigrated to the United States in 1940. He wrote and taught at Wellesley and Cornell, among various pursuits. When he turned 60, he emigrated to Switzerland where he lived till his death in 1977.

From the description of Vladimir Nabokov Collection, ca. 1966-1987. (University of California, Santa Barbara). WorldCat record id: 213892598

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), the Russian-American author, and Zinaida Alekseevna Shakhovskaia (1908-2001), a writer and member of the post-revolutionary Russian migr community in Belgium and France, corresponded in the 1930s and Shakhovskaia wrote the book V poiskakh Nabokova about their friendship

From the guide to the Vladimir Nabokov papers, 1932-1987, (GB 206 Leeds University Library)

Russian-born American author.

From the description of Papers, 1958-1964. (Washington University in St. Louis). WorldCat record id: 26090065

Poet, novelist, literary critic, lecturer, and translator.

From the description of Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov papers, 1918-1974 (bulk 1925-1965). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 373157595

Nabokov was the Russian-American author, also an expert on butterflies. Forbes was a Cornell University professor of entomology.

From the description of Vladimir Nabokov correspondence with William T.M. Forbes, 1945-1948. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64092163

Biographical Note

  • 1899, Apr. 22: Born, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 1919 - 1922 : Resided in England following the Russian Revolution
  • 1922: B.A. in French and Russian literature, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov (father) assassinated
  • 1922 - 1937 : Maintained residence primarily in Berlin, Germany
  • 1925: Married Véra Evseyevna Slonim
  • 1926: Published Mashenʹka(Mary). Berlin: Slovo
  • 1928: Published Korolʹ, dama, valet(King, Queen, Knave). Berlin: Slovo
  • 1930: Published Zashchita Luzhina(The Defense). Berlin: Slovo
  • 1932: Published Otchaianie(Despair). Berlin: Petropolis
  • 1933: Published Podvig(Glory). Paris: Sovremennyia zapiski
  • 1934: Dimitri Vladimirovich Nabokov (son) born
  • 1937 - 1940 : Maintained residence primarily in Paris, France
  • 1937: Published Dar(The Gift) serially in Sovremennye zapiski, Paris, France
  • 1938: Published Sobytie(The Event) serially in Russkie zapiski, Paris, France Published Izobretenie Valʹsa (The Waltz Invention) serially in Russkie zapiski, Paris, France Published Priglashenie na kaznʹ(Invitation to a Beheading). Paris: Dom Knigi
  • 1940: Emigrated to United States with wife, who was of Jewish ancestry, and son to escape Nazi persecution
  • 1941 - 1948 : Lecturer in elementary Russian and Russian literature in translation, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.
  • 1941: Published The Real Life of Sebastian Knight. Norfolk, Conn.: New Directions
  • 1944: Published Nikolai Gogol. Norfolk, Conn.: New Directions
  • 1945: Granted United States citizenship
  • 1947: Published Bend Sinister. New York: H. Holt
  • 1948 - 1958 : Professor of Russian and European literature, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • 1951: Published Conclusive Evidence: A Memoir. New York: Harper
  • 1952: Published Dar(The Gift). New York: Chekhova
  • 1955: Published Lolita. Paris: Olympia Press
  • 1957: Published Pnin. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday
  • 1958 - 1977 : Maintained residence primarily in Montreux, Switzerland
  • 1960: Published The Song of Igor's Campaign. New York: Vintage Books
  • 1962: Published Pale Fire. New York: Putnam
  • 1964: Published Eugene Onegin. New York: Pantheon Books
  • 1970: Published Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited. New York: Capricorn Books
  • 1974: Published Lolita: A Screenplay. New York: McGraw-Hill
  • 1977, July 2: Died, Montreux, Switzerland

From the guide to the Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov Papers, 1918-1974, (bulk 1925-1965), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)


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