Vladimir Nabokov

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Full NameVladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
Native NameВладимир Владимирович Набоков
Pen NameVladimir Sirin
Date of BirthApril 22, 1899 (Old Style: April 10, 1899)
Place of BirthSaint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Date of DeathJuly 2, 1977
Place of DeathMontreux, Switzerland
OccupationNovelist, poet, literary critic, entomologist, professor
LanguagesRussian, English, French
CitizenshipRussian Empire (later United States)
EducationTrinity College, Cambridge
PeriodContemporary (20th century)
Literary MovementsModernism, postmodernism
Notable WorksThe Defense (1930), Despair (1934), Invitation to a Beheading (1936), Lolita (1955), Pale Fire (1962), Speak, Memory (1936–1966), Ada or Ardor (1969)
SpouseVéra Nabokov
ChildrenDmitri Nabokov
Academic PositionsProfessor of Russian literature at Cornell University (1948–1959)
Notable AchievementsLolita ranked fourth on Modern Library’s list of the 100 best 20th-century novels; Speak, Memory is considered among the greatest nonfiction works of the 20th century
ExpertiseLepidopterist (studied butterflies and moths), composer of chess problems
Early LifeBorn into a wealthy and prominent family of the Russian nobility; my paternal grandfather was Russia’s Justice Minister during the reign of Alexander II

Vladimir Nabokov Books

Pale Fire1962
The Gift1938
Laughter in the Dark1932
The Defense1930
Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle1969
Invitation to a Beheading1935
The Eye1930
Speak, Memory1951
Signs and Symbols
Other Shores1954
King, Queen, Knave1928
The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov1995
The Enchanter1986
Lectures on Literature1980
Bend Sinister1947
Transparent Things1972
Lectures on Russian literature1980
Letters to Véra2014
The Real Life of Sebastian Knight1941
Nabokov’s Butterflies2000
The Original of Laura2009
Look at the Harlequins!1974
Nikolai Gogol1944
Strong Opinions1973
Spring in Fialta and other stories1956
A Russian Beauty and Other Stories1973
Poems and Problems1969
The Aurelian
Spring in Fialta1959
Collected Stories
Lolita: a Screenplay1974
Nabokov’s Dozen1916
Mademoiselle O1936
Think, Write, Speak: Uncollected Essays, Reviews, Interviews, and Letters to the Editor
Drugie berega2013
Collected Poems

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