An Index to Strong Opinions
by John DeMoss

The following Index to Strong Opinions (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1973) was compiled by John DeMoss and appears here for the first time in "published" form. The original typescript is in the Vladimir Nabokov Papers collection, Washington University Libraries, St. Louis, Missouri. My thanks to the compiler and to Washington University Libraries for permission to reproduce the index here.

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A Nous la Liberté 164
Abbot, John, 330
Abdul, Abu, 109
Ableukhov, 85
academic life, 67, 99
Academy of Sciences, 236
acting, quality of, 137
Ada, 121, 123, 146, 155
Ada, 91, 166, 120-123, 126-127, 134, 138, 142-143, 151, 154, 155, 162, 167, 185-186, 193, 285, 288, 289, 297, 302, 304, 306, 310

critical reaction to, 179
movie of, 125
Part Four of, 184
“Ursus” of, 291
“Waiting for--,” 298
Ada Described,” 285
Adam, 15, 154
Adams, R[obert] M[artin], 297
adaptation (“On Adaptation”), 280-283
addicts, 114, 144
Admirable
Poplar, 334
Red, 169, 285
"Admiral" and "Admirable," 332
advertising (for airplanes), 203
“Advice to a Young Writer,” 301
Aeolus, 258
Africa, 113, 170
African butterflies, 334
Afton, 323, 324, 327
Agee, James, 51
Ahnentafel (N’s), 185
Air France, 203
Alaska, 61, 317
Albany, 199
Albinus, Albert, 288
Alcon, 332
Aldanov (Landau), Mark Alexandrovich, 127
alder, 234, 332
Alexander, Lloyd, 228-230
Alexander II, Tsar, 112, 170
Alice in Wonderland, 183-184
“N’s Russified Lewis Carroll,” 286
Aligheri, Dante, 188
Aline, Princess, 234
“All is Vanity,” 193
allegories, 66
“Alp Gum, Engadine,” 136
alphabet, Cyrrilic, 110
Alpine
butterflies, 192
choughs, 197
honey, 152
Alter, Robert, 287
amazon, 238
Ambrose, 313
Amenophis III, 330
America (see also, US), 10, 26, 27, 28, 49, 52, 54, 56, 63, 88, 89, 98, 101, 113, 124, 131, 139, 149, 159, 189, 192, 196, 270, 289, 290, 314, 332
lecturing in (see also, Cornell University, Literature 311-312), 5 Lolita as satire on, 22
North --, 190
South --, 191
American, drunk, 201
American Museum of Natural History, 323
American writing since 1945, 57
“Americanization of V.N.,” 300
Amis, Kingsley, 83n
amoeba and ape, 142
ampersand, 142
anagram, 196
“Ancestral Past,” 186
Anchor Review, 275
Andersen, 83
Andes, 327
Andrey, Prince, 148
Angel of Death, 165
animal and man, 142
Anisia, 234
Ann Veronica, 103
Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci., 31
Anna Arkadievna, 285
Anna Karenin(a), 22, 57, 90, 104, 112, 122, 129, 147-148, 285-286
Garbo’s, 287
Anna Livia Plurabelle, 74
Anna, Mistress, 234
Annaeus, Lucius, 230
“Anniversary Notes,” 284-303
Annotated Lolta, The, 166
“anti-novel” in France, 4, 173
Antiterra, 4, 173
Anya in Wonderland, 286
ape
and amoeba, 142
and man, 142
in Paris zoo, 16
Appel, Alfred Jr., 62, 127, 127, 159, 192, 284, 285, 289
“Professor Apple,” 296
April, 327
Arcadia, 31
Arctic Fritillary, 334
Ardis, 122
Ardor, 310
“Argentine essayist” (Borges), 289
Arizona, 60, 189
“April in Arizona,” 98
Armies of the Night, 126
Army, Red, 223
Arndt, Walter, 231-240, 245, 250, 260
Aronson, Boris, 166
Art, 153, 223-224
abstract painting, 33
“Art for art’s sake,” 33
“art is difficult,” 115
“art is never simple,” 32, 33
butterflies in art, 35
freedom of art, 35
“modern art,” 33
social importance (lack of), 33
“Art of Politics in Invitation to a Beheading,” 287
Artamonov, A. A. 244
“Articles,” list of, 221
Artist’s Studio, The, by Van Bock, 73
Ascot Hotel, 196
ash, 234
Asia, Central, 178, 200
aspen, 234
“Assistant Producer, The,” 161
astronauts (moon landing), 149-150, 216-217
Atlantic, 117, 203
Atlantic, The, 6, 292
Atlas White, 334
Auden, W. H., 151
audience, a writer’s, 18, 283
Nabokov’s, 41, 196
Audobon, 329-330
“Audobon’s Butterflies, Moths and Other Studies,” 329-330
August, 150, 327
Augustus, 258
Auschwitz, 50, 101
Austen, Jane, 5, 62, 305
autobiography
in The Gift, 13-14
in N’s work, 77-78
“The bad memoirist ... The good memoirist,” 186
awareness (“Being aware of being aware of being”), 142
Axel Rex, 83, 288

B. eunomia alticola B&Mcd., 323
B. frigga sagata B&Benj., 324
B. kriemhild Strecker, 324
B. selene tollandensis B&McD., 323
B. titania Esp., 324
B. toddi Holland ssp., 324
Babb, James T., 240
“Backgrounds of Lolita,” 285
Badlook, Mr. Vivian, 110
Baedecker, 198
Balanchine (Balanshin), George, 171
Balko the Third, Duke of Silesia, 188
Ballets Russes, 171
Balthus, 167
Baltic, 295
Balzac, 118, 266
Band-Aid, 199
Baranoff; Chicoski, Harpotski and --, 165n
Baratynski, 224n
Barbados, 313
Barbusse, 229
Bardot, 162
Baring, 244
Baron Corvo, 213
Barry, John, 166
Barth, John, 76, 299, 313
“Bath White,” 330
Batovo, 127
Battle Lake, 328
Baudelaire, 123, 175n
“the post-Baudelaire period,” 174, 174n
Bayerischer Rundfunk, 185
Bayley, John, 246
BBC, 9, 82
BBC-2, 115, 141
Beach, Sylvia, 270
Beatrice, granddaughter of Can Grande della Scala, Prince of Verona, 188
Beaver, The Great, 165n
Beckett, Samuel, 155, 172, 184
beech, 234
beetle, domed, 55, 90-91, 156
Belgium, 175, 175n
Belinski, 245
“bells, balls, and bulls,” 80
Bely (Biely), Andrey, 57, 63, 85, 161, 243
Bend Sinister, 6, 21, 24, 66, 71, 80, 81, 83, 91, 100, 156, 287
television production of, 162
Bennett, 103
Benois, 170
Berberova, Nina, 290
Bergson, Henri, 43, 290
Bering Strait, 282
Berkeley, 290
Berkmann, Sylvia, 292
Berlin, 5, 13, 39, 85, 89n, 127-128, 163, 187, 188-190, 214, 215, 227n, 289, 294
film in, 162
N’s life in, 191-192
Bernese Oberland, 307n
best sellers, 57
Biarritz, 24, 202
bicycle, 133
bidet, 150
Biely, see Bely
Bighorn Mountains, 199
Bingham, Robert, 205
biography
of Chernyshevski, 65, 156
on literary --, 67
birch, 234
Bishop, 199
Bishop, Morris, 294
black alder, 234
Black Hills, 19
Black Hundred, 214
Black Sea, 327
Black Tail Butte, 325
Blank, Mr., 101
Bleak House, 294
Blok, Alexander, 43, 97, 161, 224, 224n
Bloom, 55[?], 72, 129, 157
Blorenge, Prof., 84
Blue Angel, The, 163
Blues, 60, 319, 323, 326, 334
Chequered, 333
Eros, 333
Fatma, 334
Furry, 332
Green-underside, 333
Grinnell’s, 182
Idas, 331
Nabokov’s, 315n
Rebel’s, 332
Bluff, Mr., 101
Bobbs-Merrill, 82
Boccaccio, 188
Bock, Van, 73
Bois (Paris), 89
Bollingen
Foundation, 7
Prize, 240
Series, 38
Boloria, 323
Boloria Graeca balanica f. tendensis,” 333
Boloria graeca tendensis Higgins, 333
Bolshevik, 96, 112, 202, 206-207, 214, 223
revolution, 58, 87
Bond, Edward, 162
Bond, James, 173n
Bondi, 245
Bondurant, 325
books, future of, 157
“books for boys,” 42
Bookstand, 9
Borges, Jorge Luis, 44, 80, 102, 155, 184, 289-290
Bosch, Hieronymous, 168
Boston, 191, 319
Bovary, Emma (see also Madame Bovary), 10
boy shouting, “wolf,” 11
“Boys Kicking a Ball in a Garden,” 59
Brecht, 102
Brephidium, 319, 320
Bridger National Forest, 323, 325, 326
Bristol cards (see also Nabokov, Vladimir, methods and materials of writing), 1?
British butterflies, 332
British Colombia, 199
British Museum, 331
British Museum Library, 142
Broad-Tailed Hummingbird, 317
Broadway, 217
Brooke, Rupert, 43
Brooklynite, 229
Brooks Lake, 326
Brooks, Shelton, 229
Brothers Karamazov, The, 86, 148, 300
Brouwer, Prof. Reuben A., 240
Brower, Brock, 301
Brown, Clarence, 95, 300
Brown, F. Martin, 315
Brown, Father, 174
Brown University, 159
Browning, Robert, 42, 266
Browns, 60
Northern Wall --, 334
Breughel, Jan, 168
Brussels, 127
Byrony Whote, 332
Bryusov, 65, 161
buckthorn, alder, 234
Buffalo River, 322
Buffon, 308
Buick, Buick Special, 198
Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 315, 319
bullfighting, 18
Bullion Mine, 199, 317
Bunin, xii, 36
Bureau Litt&ecaute;raire Clairouin, 270
Burgess, Anthony, 242, 246, 297
Burstall, Christopher, 9
Butler, Diana, 96
Butor, Michel, 173-174
butterflies (see also individual species), 60, 90, 132, 133, 145, 150, 178, 187, 190, 314
African, 334
books, 189
“ditty” about, 140
early notes on, 5
Egyptian, 330
first papers on Crimean, 5
in art, 168-170
N’s articles on, 315-335
net, 204
papers on, 6
Spanish, 334
species named for N, 190
“Butterflies,” 284-285
“Butterfly Collecting in Wyoming, 1952,” 322-328
“Butterfly of Doom, The,” 170
butterfly-hunting, 3, 56, 100, 109, 125, 190, 198-200
and moths, 143, 306
and writing compared, 39-40
Byron, Lord, 11, 151, 257, 258
“Pushkin and --,” 215-216

Cabbage, 329
California, 56, 124, 127, 199, 301, 315
Southern --, 182
Calisher, Hortense, 299
Callier, Mme, 122
Cambridge, Mass., 56
Cambridge, University, 5, 12, 59, 70, 102, 132, 189, 192, 292
Camera Obscura (see also Laughter in the Dark), 5-6 (Kamera) 82, 162
“camp,” 213
camping, 200
Camus, 54, 102, 113, 175
Can Grande della Scala, Prince of Verona, 188
Canada, 198, 229, 317
Canadian Zone, 326
Candide, 8
“Cape Codpiece Piece Resistance,” 113
Carlisle, Olga, 280-283
Carpenter, Captain, 287
Carroll, Lewis, 61, 81, (Charles Dodgson, Jr.) 109, 119, 184
“N’s Russified --,” 286
Casanova, 81
Castle, The, 80
Castro, Dr., 115
Cataratta, 204
caterpillar, 60
cedar, weeping, 55
Celine, 229
Center, 319
Central Asia, 178, 200
Central Europe, 60
Cervantes, 299
Chaadaev, Chadaev, 234, 245
Chaafsky, 234
Chagall, 170
chair, easy, 56, 113
Chandelier, pot et casserole émaillée, 167
Chambers, Mrs. Kirby, 329
Chaplin, Charlie, 163
Chapman’s Blue, 60
Chapman’s Hairstreak, 334
characters
control over, 69
cruelty of, 19
“galley slaves,” 95
N’s favorite, 193
“taking over,” 95
Charles, King, 165n, 167
Charles of Zembla, 55
Charlotte Haze, 21
Chateaubriand, 266
Chatski, 234
Chaykovski (Tchaikovsky), 234
Cheever, John, 312
Chekhov, 43, 64, 146, 201
“N. and --,” 286
Chekhov House, 289
Cherbourg, 3
Chernyshevski, 65, 156
chess, 11, 35, 110, 117, 123, 160-161, 297
Chesterton, 57
Cheyenne, 328
Chicago, 23, 126
Chicoski, Harpotski and Baronoff, 165n
child’s imagination, 25
China, 58, 113
Chiricahua Mountains, 199
Chocolate, 98
Christ, Jesus, 97, 184, 290
“Christianism,” 206
Chump at Oxford, A, 163
Cincinnatus, 76
“Circular Ruins, The,” 80
Circus, The, 163
“City Without a Name, A.” 65
Civil War, 132
Clair, René, 164, 164n
Clairouin, Bureau Littéraire, 270
clairvoyance, 229
Clark, Mr. Austin H., 329
clavichord, 237
Clifden Blue, 60
Clinton, New York, 136
Clio, 138
clippings, 179
Clossiana, 334
Clough, Arthur Hugh, 243
clubs and groups, 18
cocaine, 114
coincidence, 67-68
Colette (in Speak, Memory), 24, 83
Colette, 297
Colias, 323-325
color, 17
Colorado, 198-199, 315, 316, 322, 323, 324, 325
colored hearing, 17
Colossus of Rhodes, 78
Columbine Lodge, 199, 324
Commentary to Eugene Onegin (see also Eugene Onegin), 179, 213
“Complaint,” 134
“Complete Works, 1984,” 224n
computers and man, 142
Comstock Hall, 198
Conan Doyle, 43, 57
conflict in fiction, 183
Conrad, 42, 56-57, 83, 103, 127, 139
conservatism, 147
Constitutional-Democratic party, 214
Constitutional Monarchists, 96
Continental Divide, 322
Cornell University, 5, 7, 21-22, 62, 67, 71, 74, 76-77, 80, 99, 103, 104, 124, 128-129, 132-133, 156-157, 198, 230, 268, 270, 274, 294, 317-318
Corsican Swallowtail, 334
Cortez, 27
“Corvo, Baron,” 213
Count Godunov-Cherdyntsev, 65
County Hospital, 164
“Country Husband, The,” 312
Country of the Blind, The, 103, 175
Crawley Lake, 199
Crime and Punishment, 148
Crimea, 5, 204, 265, 327
criticism, literary, 66-67, 95
critics
three subfamilies of, 53-54
“Reply to My Critics,” 241-267
crown jewels, 92n
Crusades, Third and Fourth, 188
cubism, 167
“Cypress Veil, The,” 296
Cyrillic alphabet, 110

dachshund, 202
Dal, 308
Damiens, 81
Daniels, Mr. Guy, 243-244
Dante, 188, 300
Dantes, 301
Darkbloom, Vivian, 73n, 192
dates, fatidic, 75, 270
“day, a country home, A,” 298
de Stael, Mme, 266
“Dead Souls,” 249
death, 182
Death of Ivan Ilyich, The, 147, 230
“Death in Miami Beach,” 313
Death in Venice, 57, 85, 101, (film) 204
Debby’s Bidet, 275
Decameron, 188
deception, 11, 12
Dedalus, Stephen, 71-72, 129, 157
Defense, The, 47, 81-82, 163, 165n
Delalande, Pierre, 71
Democrat, 126
demonia, 121
Derzhavin, 76
desert island, 143-144
Despair (see also Otchayanie), 5, 75, 81-82, 84, 89n, 163, (French translation) 1??, 174, 255n
detail, 143, 168
Dia, 334
Diaghilev, 171
dialog, 57, 130
Dickens, 62, 80
dictatorship, 149
dictionaries, 251-253
“my heaviest,” 241
OED, 258
Russian-English, 234
Webster’s Collegiate (1970), 178
“Wilson’s Fairly Comprehensive,” 251
Die Gross-Schmetterlinge Europas, 331
Dillard, R. H. W.
“Dirty Lit.,” (see Literature 311-312)
disguises, masks and, 18
Disneyland, 282
distortion of remembered details, 143
Dmitri (see Nabokov, Dmitri)
Dobuzhinski, 170
Dodgson, Charles Jr. (see also Carroll, Lewis), 109
dog, near telephone booth, 59
Dolly, Dolores (see also Lolita), 25, 123
Dolores, Colorado, 316
dolphin, 212, 278
domed beetle, 55
Don Juan, 257
Don Quixote, 103
Doppelgängers, 83-85, 89
Dostoevski, 28, 42, 65, 83-84, 113, 119, 148, 195, 229, 266
Double, The, 84
Doubleday, 275
doubles, 288
Doubting Tom, 79
Douglas, Norman, 43
Doyle, Conan, 43, 57
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 90, 157
Dr. Zhivago, 57, 115, 205-207
dreams, nightmares, 29
Dreiser, 57, 113
Dreyer, 164
driving, 125
Dropworm, 30
drugs, drug addicts, 114, 129
Dublin, 2, 55, 90, 157
Dubois, 322, 326
Duck Soup, 165n
Duffy, Martha, 120
Dupee, Prof. F. W., 275
Dürer, Albrecht, 168
Dusky-winged, 334
Dust Bowl, 130
Dutch Masters, 330
Dutch museums, 169
Dutton, 231n
Duval-Smith, Peter, 9, 82n

early English poem in Trinity, 5
easy chair, 56
eccentricity, 132
Edda Ringlet, 331
Edinburgh International Festival, 212
“Editions du Chêne,” 270
editors, 95-96
ego, 182
Egypt, 168
Egyptian butterflies, 330
Ehrenburg, Ilya, 212
eidolon, 94
Einstein, 116
Elco, 199
Elena, 110
Eliot, T. S., 43, 291
Elizabeth, Queen, 3
Elkin, Stanley, 295
Elliot, George P., 302
Elton, 235
Emerson, 64
emigration, N’s to America, 88
émigré life, 127, 161, 189
émigré literature and publishing, 37
émigrés, Russian, 5, 36, 214
Emmie, 24, 83
Encampment, 322, 326
Encounter, 213, 215, 246, 267n
England (see also Cambridge University), 60, 139, 189, 312
English
comparison of -- and Russian, 35-36
Dept. at Wellesley, 292
lessons, 127, 192
Lolita in -- and Russian, 53
N’s switching from Russian to --, 15, 88-89, 106, 189, 312
Enisey, 281
Entomologist, The, 5
Entomology, Research Fellow in, 190
“Entomology 312,” 90
Eol, 258
Epstein, Jacob, 275
Ergaz, Mme Douissa, 270, 271, 277, 278
Eros Blue, 333
escapes, flights and, 132
Esquire, 8, 126, 216
Esslin, Martin, 108-109
Estes Park, Colorado, 199, 324, 326
Etoile, 89
eucalipti, 178
Eugene Onegin, 235, 238, 257, 260, 264
Eugene Onegin, 38, 77, 99, 106, 124, 213, 216, 231-240, 240-267, 296, 306
Europe, 27, 36, 49, 60, 126, 163, 189, 190, 204, 270, 271, 277, 326, 329
Europe, Eastern, 327
Europe, Western, 28, 36, 52, 113, 178, 294
European Night (Evropeskaya Noch’), 225
Evanston, Illinois, 284
Evening News, The 110
Event, The, 162
Evergreen, Evergreen Review, 99, 268, 277, 279n
Eversmann’s Orange Tip, 331
evolution, man’s, 182
Evropeskaya Noch’ (European Night), 225
Exegi Monumentum, 76
Exercises de style, 173, 173n
existentialist, 228
expatriation, Russian intellectual, 36
Exploit, The (Glory), 88
“Extraterritorial,” 288
Eye, The, 74, 79

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