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.
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