September 23, 2015

Wednesday Writing Wisdom (26) Vladimir Nabokov

“Literature was not born the day when a boy crying "wolf, wolf" came running out of the Neanderthal valley with a big gray wolf at his heels; literature was born on the day when a boy came crying "wolf, wolf" and there was no wolf behind him.”

Vladimir Nabokov
(1899 - 1977)
Curious facts about 

While living in Berlin, Nabokov wrote for the Russian newspaper, The Rudder, had a number of walk-on appearances in German movies, and was a tutor, a translator, and a tennis instructor.
  Nabokov was an insomniac as addressed in his autobiography, Speak, Memory:
Sleep is the most moronic fraternity in the world, with the heaviest dues and the crudest rituals.

 Nabokov was also a lepidopterist (a specialist in the study of butterflies). 

 Nabokov taught at Stanford, Wellesley, Cornell, and Harvard (as a visiting lecturer), and was a working entomologist at Harvard, where he discovered several species and subspecies of butterflies


  1. I enjoyed the quote and details of the this man's life. Thanks for sharing, Carmen.

  2. Love the quote! Also, with a life that spanned the period of 1899 to 1977, imagine all the changes he witnessed in the world!

    1. And, more, he also knew quite well several countries, aka different ways of life.
      Thanks for checking the post, Mae!

  3. I love this quote. It makes me feel verified somehow. He was a remarkable writer and person. Thanks for highlighting him, Carmen.

    1. A special author and person. Thank you for visiting, Flossie!


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