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Nabokov and his BooksBetween Late Modernism and the Literary Marketplace$
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Duncan White

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198737629

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737629.001.0001

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Legacy

Legacy

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(p.173) 5 Legacy
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Nabokov and his Books
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Duncan White

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737629.003.0006

This last chapter considers the way Nabokov tried to shape his legacy once he had become wealthy, successful, and a literary celebrity. It shows how he sought to control not only his books but also the authorial persona he projected in interviews and forewords. Nabokov was profoundly concerned with his literary posterity and sought to create a collected edition of his work. He also collaborated with scholars of his work to help shape the way he would be read by future readers. This effort to retain control was most directly challenged during his lifetime by his dramatic falling out with his biographer, Andrew Field. The chapter concludes by considering how Nabokov’s attempt to control his legacy has been undermined by the way his work has been published since his death.

Keywords:   Vladimir Nabokov, celebrity, posterity, Look at the Harlequins, The Original of Laura

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