Oscar (orpheus78) wrote in gradlitgeeks,
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Vladimir Nabokov suggestions?

I am currently reading Lolita for school and I am now convinced that I should put a bunch of his work on my summer reading list. I have also read An Invitation to a Beheading, but that's it.

So do you guys have any suggestions about which novels of his would be good for me to read next? Oh, and suggestions on any relevant scholarship on his work is also welcome.

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Pale Fire.
That’s the poem within a book novel, right? I am really intrigued by Pale Fire from what I read about it since I really liked the narration and point of view that Nabokov explores in Lolita and he seems to take that to such an extreme in Pale Fire.
I second Pale Fire and add Pnin to the list
Awesome.

Thanks! :)
Pale Fire! Do it!
King Queen Knave is good and fun, a faster read.
I have pretty much officially put Pale Fire on my summer list. :)

I haven't heard of King Queen Knave, I'll have to check it out. Thanks.
I love Ada - just get past the first 40 pages; they're intentionally convoluted. His short stories are also amazing.

As for scholarship, Ellen Pifer's Lolita: A Casebook is a good place to start. It's a collection of critical essays on the novel. More generally on Nabokov, Michael Wood's The Magician's Doubts: Nabokov and the Risks of Fiction is interesting.
Forgot about this post.

I meant to read a bunch of Nabokov this summer, but only got to read Pnin. I STILL want to read Pale Fire!

Those critical works that you brought up sound good. I'll have to check them out! :D
There's an entire journal devoted to Nabokov scholarship, the imaginitively named Nabokov studies.

Transparent Things and Look at the Harlequins! were disappointing, but as far as the English novels, all the rest are essential. Lolita, Pale Fire, and Ada or Ardor are the three most often put up as masterpieces. They absolutely are, but you've already gotten to my favorite, Pnin. I haven't gotten to The Original of Laura and probably won't.