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Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov outside the DM Plaza Motel, Ithaca, New York, 1958. (Carl Mydans/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Major works:
The GiftSpeak, MemoryLolitaPninPale FireAda, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle • "Spring in Fialta” • "“The Vane Sisters”

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Vladimir Nabokov

There are gentle souls who would pronounce Lolita meaningless because it does not teach them anything. I am neither a reader nor a writer of didactic fiction, and, despite John Ray’s assertion, Lolita has no moral in tow. For me a work of fiction exists only insofar as it affords me what I shall bluntly call aesthetic bliss, that is a sense of being somehow, somewhere, connected with other states of being where art (curiosity, tenderness, kindness, ecstasy) is the norm. There are not many such books.

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