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Letters to Véra by Vladimir Nabokov

The letters of the great writer to his wife—gathered here for the first time—chronicle a decades-long love story and document anew the creative energies of an artist who was always at work.

No marriage of a major twentieth-century writer is quite as beguiling as that of Vladimir Nabokov’s to Véra Slonim. She shared his delight in life’s trifles and literature’s treasures, and he rated her as having the best and quickest sense of humor of any woman he had met. From their first encounter in 1923, Vladimir’s letters to Véra form a narrative arc that tells a half-century-long love story, one that is playful, romantic, pithy and memorable. At the same time, the letters tell us much about the man and the writer. We see the infectious fascination with which Vladimir observed everything—animals, people, speech, the landscapes and cityscapes he encountered—and learn of the poems, plays, stories, novels, memoirs, screenplays and translations on which he worked ceaselessly. This delicious volume contains twenty-one photographs, as well as facsimiles of the letters themselves and the puzzles and doodles Vladimir often sent to Véra.

Vladimir Nabokov was born on April 23, 1899, in St. Petersburg, Russia. He wrote in both Russian and English, and his best works, including Lolita (1955), feature stylish, complex literary effects. A collection of Nabokov’s missives to his wife was published as Letters to Véra. Nabokov died in Montreux, Switzerland, in 1977.

Letters to Véra
By Vladimir Nabokov
Part of Vintage International
Category: Arts & Entertainment Biographies & Memoirs – Literary Figure Biographies & Memoirs – Literary Collections
Published Dec 12, 2017
by Vintage
864 Pages
With 8 pages of photographs and 47 illustrations in text
Paperback – $20.00
ISBN 9780307476586
Language: English

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