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The Vladimir Nabokov Archive
The illustrated essays "History-to-Be: The Tale of the Nabokov Archive," by Dmitri Nabokov, and "The Nabokov Biography and the Nabokov Archive," by Brian Boyd, are included in the Fall 1992 issue of *Biblion: The Bulletin of The New York Public Library.

Works by Nabokov
Nabokov's texts are available in a number of formats, most compactly in the three volumes from the irrepressible Library of America, all edited by Brian Boyd: *Novels and Memoirs, 1941-1951 (1996); *Novels, 1955-1962: Lolita; Pnin; Pale Fire; Lolita: A Screenplay (1996); and Novels, 1969-1974: Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle; Transparent Things; Look at the Harlequins! (1996).

Vintage Books keeps in print as paperbacks most of the novels, including The Gift, *Lolita, *Pale Fire, *Pnin, Ada, or Ardor, Transparent Things, and Look at the Harlequins!, as well as both *Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited and Strong Opinions. *Lolita and *Speak, Memory are also available attractive hardcover editions from Everyman's Library.

Nabokov's translation of Pushkin's great Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse (rev. 1990) is available from Princeton University Press in paperback.

*The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995) is standard, and nearly complete. A similar volume devoted to the poems is expected out before 2002.

The standard, and unlikely to be replaced, bibliography of the works of Nabokov is Michael Juliar's Vladimir Nabokov: A Descriptive Bibliography (New York: Garland, Inc., 1986). Of great value bibliographically, biographically, textually, and informationally is The Garland Companion to Vladimir Nabokov, edited by Vladimir E. Alexandrov (New York: Garland, 1995), which contains nearly 75 articles by many of the world's most important Nabokov scholars and specialists.

Biographies and Correspondence
The exhibition catalog *Véra's Butterflies: First Editions by Vladimir Nabokov Inscribed to his Wife, compiled by Sarah Funke (New York: Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc., 1999), provides a biblio- and biographical history of Nabokov's career, including a previously unpublished excerpt from Nabokov's screenplay of Lolita and essays by, among others, Michael Wood, Brian Boyd, and Stephen Jay Gould. The catalogue is available in both hardcover and paperback; the hardcover edition is accompanied by a folder of stamps by artist Barbara Bloom.

In the field of Nabokov biography, probably never to be surpassed are Brian Boyd's two wonderful volumes: *Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years (1990) and *Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years (1990), both available in paperback from Princeton University Press. Also of immense interest and entertainment is Stacy Schiff's *Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov): Portrait of a Marriage (New York: Random House, 1999).

Vladimir Nabokov. Selected Letters, 1940-1977, edited by Dmitri Nabokov and Matthew J. Bruccoli (San Diego, Calif.: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1989) is perhaps overly selective, but the only game in town. The fascinating relationship of Nabokov and Edmund Wilson is displayed in The Nabokov-Wilson Letters: Correspondence Between Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson, 1940-1971, edited, annotated, and with an introductory essay by Simon Karlinsky (New York: Harper & Row, 1979).

Critical Works
Critical works of particular merit and importance include Michael Wood's sprightly and smart *The Magician's Doubts: Nabokov and the Risks of Fiction (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1995); Nabokov's Fifth Arc: Nabokov and Others on His Life's Work, edited by J. E. Rivers and Charles Nicol (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1982); Ellen Pifer's Nabokov and the Novel (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1980); and Leona Toker's The Mystery of Literary Structures (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1988).

On the Russian novels and their translation into English, see Jane Grayson's fascinating Nabokov Translated: A Comparison of Nabokov's Russian and English Prose (New York: Oxford University Press, 1977), as well as two other important works: Julian W. Connolly's Nabokov's Early Fiction: Patterns of Self and Other (Cambridge, England, and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992) and Vladimir E. Alexandrov's Nabokov's Otherworld (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1991).

Charles Nicol and Gennady Barabtarlo have edited a good volume about the short stories entitled A Small Alpine Form: Studies in Nabokov's Short Fiction (New York: Garland, 1992).

Taken together, the following collections of essays add up to a canon of collected short criticism and reviews: Nabokov: The Critical Heritage, edited by Norman Page (London and Boston: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1982); Vladimir Nabokov, edited and with an introduction by Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1987); Critical Essays on Vladimir Nabokov, compiled by Phyllis A. Roth (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1984); and The Achievements of Vladimir Nabokov: Essays, Studies, Reminiscences, and Stories from the Cornell Nabokov Festival, edited by George Gibian and Stephen Jan Parker (Ithaca, N.Y.: Center for International Studies, Committee on Soviet Studies, Cornell University, 1984).

Lepidopterological Pursuits
Dieter E. Zimmer's A Guide to Nabokov's Butterflies and Moths (Hamburg, Germany: Zimmer, 1996) is a fascinating and unique compendium soon to be joined by *Nabokov's Butterflies, edited by Brian Boyd and Robert Michael Pyle (Boston: Beacon Press, 1999) and by Kurt Johnson and Steve Coates's Nabokov's Blues (Cambridge, Mass.: Zoland Books, forthcoming [Summer/Fall 1999]).

Devoted exclusively to Nabokov and his works, the following periodicals are recommended to the most avid readers: The Nabokovian, published from the University of Kansas by the Vladimir Nabokov Society since 1984, as a continuation of the Vladimir Nabokov Research Newsletter (1978-84); and Nabokov Studies, published from Los Angeles, California, since 1994 and sponsored by the International Nabokov Society.

Related Exhibition
Revised Evidence: Vladimir Nabokov's Inscriptions, Annotations, Corrections, and Butterfly Descriptions, a related exhibition organized by Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc. (19 East 76th Street, New York City) and designed by Barbara Bloom, is on view from April 21-June 18, 1999. The exhibition is drawn from Horowitz's acquisition of nearly two hundred books by Vladimir Nabokov from his own library, many of them inscribed to his wife with the author's hand-drawn butterflies.

Electronic Resources
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The perfectly titled Nabokov website Zembla (sponsored by the International Nabokov Society and created and maintained by the University Libraries of Pennsylvania State University) is a valuable online resource that is beautifully designed as well. It includes a detailed chronology of the life and work of Nabokov.

Also of note is Beyond Lolita: Rediscovering Nabokov on his birth centennial
(sponsored by CNN) which contains interesting reviews of Nabokov's books and related articles on the author and his works that appeared in Time from 1947 through 1998.

Russia 1899-1919 | Europe 1919-1939 | U.S. 1940-1960 | Switzerland 1960-1977
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