Sunday, June 28, 2009
Papers of Russian-American writer Vladimir Nabokov opened for research at the Library of Congress
"The papers of Russian poet and novelist Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (1899-1977) are now open to researchers in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division. The collection is of major value to Nabokov scholars as well as to specialists in the areas of Russian and American literary history and translation. The Nabokov Papers are among the Library's holdings of 20th-century novelists' papers such as those of Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud and Ralph Ellison. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Nabokov and his family were forced into exile after the Russian Revolution. They settled briefly in England before moving to Berlin, Germany, in 1920. Before joining his family in Germany, the multilingual Nabokov earned a bachelor's degree in French and Russian literature at Trinity College in Cambridge in 1922. That same year, his father was assassinated in Berlin by Russian monarchists as he fought to protect their real target, a leader of the Constitutional Democratic Party-in-exile"