Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita (Paperback)

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Born to an eminent Russian family, Vladimir Nabokov came to America fleeing the Nazis and remembered his time here as the richest of his life. Indeed, his best work flowed from his response to this storied land. With charm and insight, Robert Roper fills out this period in the writer's life: his friendship with Edmund Wilson, his time at Cornell, his role at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology. But Nabokov in America finds its narrative heart in his and his family's serial sojourns into the West. Roper has mined fresh sources to bring detail to these journeys, and traces their significant influence in Nabokov's work: on two-lane highways and in late-'40s motels and cafes, we feel Lolita draw near, and understand Nabokov's seductive familiarity with the American mundane. Nabokov in America is also a love letter to U.S. literature, in Nabokov's broad embrace of it from Melville to the Beats. Reading Roper, we feel anew the rich learning and the Romantic mind behind some of Nabokov's most beloved books.

About the Author

Robert Roper is the author of books including Fatal Mountaineer, winner of the 2002 Boardman Tasker Prize, and, most recently, Now the Drum of War, an Editor's Choice pick in the New York Times Book Review. He has also published several novels. His journalism appears in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Outside, and other publications. He lives in California.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781632863881
ISBN-10: 163286388X
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: December 13th, 2016
Pages: 368
Language: English