As A Child In Russia, Vladimir Nabokov Enjoyed Conjuring I Loved Doing Simple Tricks Turning Water Into Wine, That Kind Of Thing In This Engrossing Book Michael Wood Explores The Blend Of Arrogance And Mischief That Makes Nabokov Such A Fascinating And Elusive Master Of Fiction Wood Argues That Nabokov Is Neither The Aesthete He Liked To Pretend To Be Nor The Heavy Handed Moralist Recent Critics Make Him Major Works Like Pnin, Lolita, Pale Fire And Ada Appear In A New Light, But There Are Also Chapters On Earlier Works, Like The Real Life Of Sebastian Knight On Selected Short Stories And On The Translation Of Eugene Onegin,as Well As Detailed Discussions Of Nabokov S Ideas Of Literature, Memory, Pity, And Pain The Book Comes Fully To Terms With Nabokov S Blend Of Playfulness And Seriousness, Delving Into The Real Delight Of Reading Him And The Odd Disquiet That Lurks Beneath That Pleasure Wood S Speculations Spin Outward To Illuminate The Ambiguities And Aspirations Of The Modern Novel, And To Raise The Question Of How We Uncover The Author In A Work, Without Falling Into The Obvious Biographical Traps The Magician S Doubts Slices Through The Dustier Conventions Of Criticism And Never Loses Sight Of The Emotional And Sensual Pleasure Of Reading
Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformation Michael Wood born in Lincoln, England, is the Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English and Professor of comparative literature at Princeton University He is an alumnus of St John s College, Cambridge.Prior to teaching to Princeton, he taught at Columbia University, and at the University of Exeter in Devon, England.He was Director of the Gauss Seminars in Criticism at Princeton from 1995 2001, and chaired Princeton s English department from 1998 to 2004 He writes regularly for The New York Review of Books and on film for the London Review of Books.
- 260 pages
- The Magician's Doubts: Nabokov and the Risks of Fiction
- Michael Wood
- 04 March 2019 Michael Wood