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Vladimir Nabokov
(1899-1977) born on
Apr 23
Russian-U. S. novelist. He was the foremost of the post-1917 immigrant authors; his works include "Lolita," 1955.
         
   
F
The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.

R
Imagination, the supreme delight of the immortal and the immature, should be limited. In order to enjoy life, we should not enjoy it too much.
A
Here lies the sense of literary creation: to portray ordinary objects as they will be reflected in kindly mirrors of future times. . . . To find in objects around us the fragrant tenderness that only posterity will discern . . .
N
Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.
K
A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual, and only the individual reader is important to me.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Speak, Memory, ch. 1, sct. 1 (1955, rev. 1966).
R: Speak, Memory, ch. 1, sct. 1 (1955; rev. 1966).
A: Details of a Sunset," McGraw-Hill 76
N: Interview in Writers at Work (Fourth Series, ed. by George Plimpton, 1976).
K: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
   


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