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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.
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.

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.
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 . . .
Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.
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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