Pushkin and Nabokov

Black King, White Knight--A Centennial Celebration of Two Russian Writers
at the University of Washington's Allen Library

Black King, White Knight--A Centennial Celebration of Two Russian Writers is the title of a fall quarter exhibit on the Allen Library mezzanine which marks the bicentennial and centennial, respectively, of two authors widely acknowledged as geniuses of Russian and American literary culture, Alexander Pushkin (born 1799) and Vladimir Nabokov (born 1899).

Using materials from the UW Libraries' collections, the exhibit highlights major achievements of both writers. Captions featuring key quotations from their work convey the essence of these writers' unique creative impulse.

The exhibit also features a facsimile edition of Pushkin's sketchbooks, a collection of manuscript letters written and signed by Nabokov, and, courtesy of UW's Burke Museum, specimens of the butterfly family Lycaenidae (also known as Blues), about which Nabokov was an expert. Computer access to multimedia resources pertaining to both Nabokov and Pushkin is also provided. The exhibit is being staged by UW Slavic Languages and Literatures graduate students D. Lynne Walker and Sofiya Yuzefpolskaya, with support from the UW Libraries and UW's Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures.


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