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Collected Poems [Hardcover]

Vladimir Nabokov , Dmitri Nabokov
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5 July 2012

This landmark new collection brings together the best of the poetry of Vladimir Nabokov, one of the twentieth century's greatest writers and author of Lolita and Pale Fire. It includes an extensive number of poems that have never appeared in English before, newly translated from the Russian by his son Dmitri Nabokov.

These masterly poems span the decades of Nabokov's career, from 'Music', written in 1914 and probably Nabokov's first recorded poem, to the short, playful 'To Vera', composed in 1974. 'The University Poem', one of Nabokov's major poetic works, is here in English for the first time: an extraordinary autobiographical poem looking back at his time at Cambridge, with its dinners, games, girls and memories, it is suffused with rich description, wit and verbal dexterity. Included too are the surreally comic 'A Literary Dinner', the enchanting, lyrical 'Eve', the wryly humorous 'An Evening of Russian Poetry' and a meditation on the act of creation, 'Tolstoy', as well as verse written on America, lepidoptery, sport, love and Nabokov's Russian homeland.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (5 July 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0141192259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141192253
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 860,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was born on April 23, 1899, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Nabokov household was trilingual, and as a young man, he studied Slavic and romance languages at Trinity College, Cambridge, taking his honors degree in 1922. For the next eighteen years he lived in Berlin and Paris, writing prolifically in Russian under the pseudonym Sirin and supporting himself through translations, lessons in English and tennis, and by composing the first crossword puzzles in Russian. In 1925 he married Vera Slonim, with whom he had one child, a son, Dmitri. Having already fled Russia and Germany, Nabokov became a refugee once more in 1940, when he was forced to leave France for the United States. There he taught at Wellesley, Harvard, and Cornell. He also gave up writing in Russian and began composing fiction in English. Yet Nabokov's American period saw the creation of what are arguably his greatest works, Bend Sinister (1947), Lolita (1955), Pnin (1957), and Pale Fire (1962), as well as the translation of his earlier Russian novels into English. He also undertook English translations of works by Lermontov and Pushkin and wrote several books of criticism. Vladimir Nabokov died in Montreux, Switzerland, in 1977.

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Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) was one of the great writers of the twentieth century, as well as a translator and lepidopterist. His works include The Luzhin Defense, The Gift, Lolita, Pnin, Pale Fire and Ada or Ardor; the autobiographical Speak, Memory; and lectures on literature. All of the fiction and Speak, Memory are published in Penguin.

Dmitri Nabokov (born in 1934) is one of Vladimir Nabokov's principal translators, from and into four languages. After graduating with honours from Harvard and attending the Longy School of Music, he performed leading bass roles in opera houses in a number of countries.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful 1 Sep 2013
Nabokov seemed to wear his genius lightly and here makes poetry look effortless, sliding rhythms, rhyme and wordplay past the reader like a high class smuggler. The book splits into two, with about half the poems having been written in Russian and translated after Nabokov's death by his son. These are much harder to get to grips with than the poems originally written in English, whether because of the nature of Russian as a language, the translation or because of the nature of the experience of being Russian I cant tell. A lot of the English poems are knowing and slyly ironic. They are mostly quite short but for all that they are worth going back to because Nabokov is able to pack a lot of meanings and nuance into a very small space.

If you want something more modern and more clear eyed than the Victorian poets, then Nabokov is a great place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 14 Oct 2012
By Amy
This arrived quickly and at a good price! The person it was bought for really enjoys the book and all other Nabokov
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly formatted for Kindle! 17 July 2012
By wilbur
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While it is nice to have this to read in Kindle format (reading on my Ipad), the presentation is ruined by having the poem line numbers (every 5) in the same size type and in the same line as the poem itself.
Thus a line of the poem appears on the page exactly like this : 15 in the stillness of his revolutions
It makes it impossible to enjoy reading the poem when every five lines a number appears as part of the line.. Fix this, Amazon!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Word to the wise 13 Aug 2014
By Happy Jackie - Published on
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This is not Nabokov's fault -- but I need to warn other readers not to buy this book if you already have the Knopf Selected Poems. The content of the two volumes is identical in every way.
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