Poetry and the Lyric VoiceBook - 2010
Morris re-evaluates Nabokov's poetry and demonstrates that poetry was in fact central to his identity as an author and was the source of his distinctive authorial - lyric - voice.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), the eminent Russian-American writer and intellectual, is best known for his novels, though he was also the author of plays, poems, and short stories. In this important new work, Paul D. Morris offers a comprehensive reading of Nabokov's Russian and English poetry, until now a neglected facet of his oeuvre. Morris' unique and insightful study re-evaluates Nabokov's poetry and demonstrates that poetry was in fact central to his identity as an author and was the source of his distinctive authorial - lyric - voice.
After offering a critical overview of the multi-staged history of the reception of Nabokov's poetry and an extensive analysis of his poetic writing, Morris argues that Nabokov's poetry has largely been misinterpreted and its place in his oeuvre misunderstood. Through a detailed examination of the form and content of Nabokov's writings, Morris demonstrates that Nabokov's innovations in the realms of drama, the short story, and the novel were profoundly shaped by his lyric sensibility.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) received deserved recognition and adulation for his novel Lolita and others, but that success also seemed to overshadow his poetry and left it largely unexplored. Author Morris, an independent scholar, illustrates how Nabokov's poetry, which predated his novels) although he continued to sporadically write poetry throughout his career), underlies the elegant and masterful qualities of his lush, lyrical prose. Morris also explores Nabokov's drama, and short stories, and delves into his novels The Gift and Pale Fire. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)