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Author Schiff, Stacy.

Title Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) : a biography / Stacy Schiff.

Published New York : Random House, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description pages cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary At once a love story, a portrait of a marriage, and an answer to a riddle, Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) explores a remarkable literary partnership - that of a woman who devoted her life to her husband's art and a man who dedicated his works to his wife. Open a volume of Nabokov's, and there is Vera on the dedication page, front and center. But search for her elsewhere, and the woman to whom the author of Lolita was married for fifty-two years, who carried on his correspondence in his name, fades from view.
Stacy Schiff has now restored her to life. Schiff follows Vera Nabokov from her affluent St. Petersburg childhood, through the dramatic escape from Bolshevik Russia, to the streets of Weimar Berlin, where Vera makes a spectacular entrance into the life of her future husband, then a gifted but struggling writer of Russian verse. In the three decades that pass before he metamorphoses into the celebrated author of Lolita, Vera proves to be nothing less than his full creative partner. She had a need to do something great with her life. And as he made clear from the start, her husband had a very great need of her. Publishers, relatives, colleagues, agreed: "He would have been nowhere without her.".
She transcribed her memories of their son's early days go that Nabokov could draw on them for Speak, Memory. She was at all times his first reader, his memory, his foil, his muse. She corrected his stories in German, his memoir in French, his poetry in Italian - and translated Pale Fire into Russian when in her eighties. Through it all, she proved a woman of uncanny wisdom, a conventional wife with a splendidly unconventional mind.
Subject Nabokova, Vera.
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977 -- Relations with women.
Authors' spouses -- Russia -- Biography.
Authors, Russian -- 20th century -- Biography.
Variant Title Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov.
ISBN 0679447903 (hc.)