Vladimir Nabokov, A Bibliography of Criticism
by Dieter E. Zimmer
with additions by Jeff Edmunds

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B. Biographical Matters

Amis, Martin. "Visiting Mrs. Nabokov," In Visiting Mrs. Nabokov and Other Excursions (New York: Harmony Books, 1993), p. 113-20.

Appel, Jr., Alfred. Nabokov's Dark Cinema (New York: Oxford University Press, 1974) [includes many biographical tidbits].

Appel, Jr., Alfred: "in memoriam". In: In Memoriam: Vladimir Nabokov: 1899-1977. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1977, pp. 7-10

Appel, Jr., Alfred: "Remembering Nabokov". In: Vladimir Nabokov: A Tribute (ed. Peter Quennell). New York: William Morrow, 1980, pp. 11-33

Blot, Jean: Nabokov. Paris: Seuil, 1995. [Reviewed in Zembla by Jeff Edmunds.]

Boyd, Brian. "A World Awakening: Petersburg 1899-1904: Pages from a Nabokov Biography." Canadian American Slavic Studies 19, no. 3 (1985), pp. 245-261 [This article is virtually identical with and superseded by the chapter in the author's Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years. See next entry.]

Boyd, Brian: Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1990

Boyd, Brian: Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1991

Boyd, Brian: "New Light on Nabokov's Russian Years". Cycnos (Nice), 10 (1), 1993, pp. 3-9

Breasted, Barbara, Noëlle Jordan: "Vladimir Nabokov at Wellesley". Wellesley Magazine (Wellesley, Massachusetts), Summer 1971, pp. 22-26

Bubenikova, M. "Pis'mo E.I Nabokovoi k A.L. Bemu." Slavianovedenie 4 (1998), pp. 91-93. (Nabokov's mother supplies some bio-bibliographical information for the scholar-critic Bem.)

Clarke, Gerald. "Checking in with Vladimir Nabokov," Esquire, July 1975, pp. 67-69, 131,133.

Corrsin, Stephen D. "Nabokov in America." Columbia Library Columns 33, no. 2 (Feb. 1984), pp. 22-31.

Dann, Kevin T. Bright Colors Falsely Seen: Synaesthesia and the Search for Transcendental Knowledge. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998. From the Yale UP Catalog: "The author debunks Romanitc notions of the transcendental nature of synaesthesia and shows that although novelist Vladimir Nabokov was a true synaesthete and eidetic, other individuals the Romantics considered synaesthetes were not."

Diment, Galya. "Nabokov at Cornell University: A View of the Outsider." Russian Studies in Literature, 35:(4), Fall 1999, pp. 7-15.

Feifer, George, "An Interview with Vladimir Nabokov," Saturday Review, Nov. 27, 1976, pp. 20-26.

Ferrand, Jacques, Serge Nabokoff: Les Nabokov: Essai généalogique. Montreuil, France: J. Ferrand, 1982 [Reviewed in Zembla by Jeff Edmunds.]

Field, Andrew: Nabokov: His Life in Part. New York: Viking Press, 1977

Field, Andrew: VN: The Life and Art of Vladimir Nabokov. New York: Crown, 1986

Gold, Herbert: "Nabokov Remembered: A Slight Case of Poshlost". In: The Achievements of Vladimir Nabokov (eds. George Gibian, Stephen Jan Parker). Ithaca, New York: Center for International Studies, Cornell University, 1984, pp. 45-59

Green, Hannah: "Mister Nabokov". The New Yorker (New York), February 14, 1977, pp. 32-35. Also in: Vladimir Nabokov: A Tribute (ed. Peter Quennell). New York: William Morrow, 1980, pp. 34-41

Hagopian, John V.: "Vladimir Nabokov". Dictionary of Literary Biography, 2: American Novelists Since World War II. Detroit, MI: Gale Research / Bruccoli Clark, 1978, pp. 350-364. Further contributions in: Dictionary of Literary Biography Documentary Series, vol. 3, 1983, pp. 177-250; Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook: 1985 (ed. Jean W. Ross), 1986, pp. 28-30 ("Bobbs-Merrill General Questionnaire" filled out by Nabokov, Menton, 19 November 1937)

Kinbote, Charles. Silvery Light: The Real Life of Vladimir Nabokov. In Zembla, 1995- .

Johnson, D. Barton, and Sheila Golburgh Johnson. "Nabokov in Ashland, Oregon: An Illustrated Guide," in Zembla, 1997.

Lawrenson, Helen: "The Man Who Scandalized the World". Esquire (Chicago), August 1960, pp. 70 ff.

Leach, Laurie: "Explorations of a 'Sorry Genre': Andrew Field's Biographies of Vladimir Nabokov". Biography, 15 (2), 1992, pp. 178-191

Morton, Donald E.: Vladimir Nabokov. New York: Fredrick Ungar, 1974. German: Vladimir Nabokov mit Selbstzeugnissen und Bilddokumenten. Reinbek, Germany: Rowohlt Taschenbuch, 1984, 21992

Moynahan, Julian: Vladimir Nabokov. Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 1971. Also as: American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies, vol. 3. New York: Scribner's, 1974, pp. 244-266

Nabokov, Dmitri: "in memoriam". In: In Memoriam: Vladimir Nabokov: 1899-1977. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1977, pp. 41-42

Nabokov, Dmitri: "On Revisiting Father's Room". In: Vladimir Nabokov: A Tribute (ed. Peter Quennell). New York: William Morrow, 1980, pp. 126-136

Nabokov, Dmitri: "Things I Could Have Said". Cycnos (Nice), 10 (1), 1993, pp. 75-79

Nabokov, Dmitri: "A Few Things That Must Be Said on Behalf of Vladimir Nabokov". In: Nabokov's Fifth Arc (ed. J.E. Rivers, Charles Nicol). Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1982, pp. 35-42

Nosik, Boris. Mir i dar Nabokova: pervaia russkaia biografiia pisatelia. Moskva : Izd-vo "Penaty", 1995.

[Parker, Stephen Jan]: "Vladimir Nabokov". In: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Documentary Series, Part 3. Detroit, MI: Gale Research / Bruccoli Clark, 1983, pp. 177-250

Parker, Stephen Jan: "Nabokov's Montreux Books: Part II". Cycnos (Nice), 10 (1), 1993, pp. 107-111

Pavan, Stefania. Nabokov: una vita. Roma: Castelvecchi, 1994, ISBN 888623207, 152 pp.

Proffer, Ellendea (ed.): Vladimir Nabokov: A Pictorial Biography. Ann Arbor, MI: Ardis, 1991

Quin, J.D.: "Nabokov's Neurology". Cycnos (Nice), 10 (1), 1993, pp. 113-122

"Remembering Nabokov: Cornell Colleagues and Others" [Recollections by Alison Bishop, Meyer Abrams, J. Milton Cowan, William L. Brown, Jr., John G.Franclemont, Peter Kahn, Ephim Fogel]. In: The Achievements of Vladimir Nabokov (eds. George Gibian / Stephen Jan Parker). Ithaca, New York: Center for International Studies, Cornell University, 1984, pp. 215-233

"Reminiscences" [Recollections by Lucie Léon Noel, Nina Berberova, Morris Bishop, Ross Wetzsteon, Julian Moynahan, Ellendea Proffer, Stanley Elkin]. In: for Vladimir Nabokov on his seventieth birthday (eds. Charles Newman, Alfred Appel, Jr.). TriQuarterly (Evanston, Illinois), 17, Winter 1970, pp. 209-265

Rippl, Daniela (ed.). Vladimir Nabokov: Sein Leben in Bildern und Texten. Berlin: Alexander Fest Verlag, 1998. ISBN 3-8286-0071-9.

Rolin, Olivier. Paysages originels: récits. Paris: Seuil, 1999. [Includes anecdotes about Hemingway, Nabokov, Borges, Michaux, and Kawabata.]

Romanova, Alla and Sergei Iur'ev. "Vospitanie Nabokova." In Domovoi (Moscow), September 1995, pp. 136-144. (Domovoi is a glossy, up-scale Russian magazine which seems to fall somewhere between House and Garden and Vanity Fair. This article, which appears in the "Family Archive" section, is mostly notable for its excellent illustrations and photographs; it ponders the question of "a spoiled upbringing" and a more traditionally structured one. The essay includes a few interesting tidbits provided by Russian VN specialists Vadim Stark (head of the Nabokov Foundation in St. Petersburg), Olga Skonechanya, Natalia Tolstaya, and others. Also noteworthy are the photos from Dmitri Nabokov's April 1995 visit to Nabokov estate and city home.--DBJ)

Roth, Phyllis A: "Toward the Man behind the Mystification". In: Nabokov's Fifth Arc (ed. J.E. Rivers, Charles Nicol). Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1982, pp. 43-62

Schakovskoy, Zinaida: V poiskakh Nabokova. Paris, France: La Presse Libre, 1979. Moskva: Kniga, 1991. German: Zinaida Schachowskoy: Auf den Spuren Nabokovs. Frankfurt: Ullstein Taschenbuch, 1981

Schiff, Stacy. Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov): Portrait of a Marriage. New York: Random House, 1999. [Excerpts available in Zembla.]

Semochkin, Aleksandr. Ten' russkoi vetki: nabokovskaia Vyra. Sankt-Peterburg: Liga Plius, 1999. [Also available in English; see next entry.]

Semochkin, Aleksandr. Nabokov's Paradise Lost: The Family Estates in Russia. St. Petersburg: Liga Plus, 1999.

Sexton, David: "Nabokov in Trinity". In: Trinity Review (Cambridge), 1980, pp. 8-9

Skifskii roman [Scythian Yarn]. Moscow, ROSSPEN, 1997. This compendium of material on Professor Michael Rostovtseff, a Russian classical philologist who became a renowned historian at Yale, includes a chapter on Rostovtseff and Nabokov (pp. 290-300). Compiled by G. M. Bongard-Levin, the chapter consists almost entirely of (mostly unpublished) letters between Rostovtseff and Nabokov, as well as Nabokov's correspondence with historians Michael Karpovich and George Vernadsky. [Description adapted from a note posted by Gennady Barabtarlo to the NABOKV-L list on 20 April 1998.]

Sklepikov, A. "Loustalot: The Nabokov Family Trainer," Zembla, 4/16/02.

Smirnov, M. "Nabokov v Uelsli." Voprosy literatury (Moscow), 1995, vyp. 4, pp. 153-170.

Stark, Vadim [Petrovich]: "V. Sh., ili Muza Nabokova". Istkusstvo Leningrada (Leningrad), Mart 1991, pp. 17-25

Stark, Vadim. "Znamenatel'nye daty v khronografii Nabokova," in Martynov, G. G. (ed.). Iubileinyi (1899-1999) (Nabokovskii vestnik ; vyp. 5). St. Petersburg, Russia: Dorn, 2000, pp. 7-18.

Urban, Thomas. Vladimir Nabokov: Blaue Abende in Berlin. Berlin: Propyläen, 1999.

Vesterman, William. "Nabokov's Second Fiancée Identified." American Notes & Queries, 24 (1/2), 1985, p. 20-22.

Wetzsteon, Ross. "Nabokov as Teacher." In: for Vladimir Nabokov on his seventieth birthday (eds. Charles Newman, Alfred Appel, Jr.). TriQuarterly (Evanston, Illinois), 17, Winter 1970, pp. 240-246.

Zaleski, Philip, "Nabokov's Blue Period," Harvard Magazine July-August 1986, pp. 34-38.

Zimmer, Dieter E. "The Germans at Vyra." The Nabokovian, Fall 1991, 27, pp. 38-40.

Zimmer, Dieter E. Nabokov Family Web [online genealogical chart of the Nabokov family].

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