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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

April 22nd, 2002

Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita, 1955) is born in St. Petersburg in 1899.

nabokov.jpgVladimir Nabokov, b. April 22, 1899, d. 1977

Nabokov, the transplanted White Russian who wrote a beautiful, elegant English, was the inheritor of Joyce and Kafka’s high modernist literary world, a parallel universe of art and words. At times, though, his work is also by turns hilarious and moving in its incidents and characters. Lolita is a work of genius, as is the playful and astonishingly clever Pale Fire. Yet other less famous novels — The Defense, Invitation to a Beheading, Bend Sinister, Pnin — show an emotionally deeper artificer at work.

Suggested Reading Novels Mary, 1926. King, Queen, Knave, 1928. The Defense, 1930. Glory, 1932. Laughter in the Dark, 1932. Despair, 1934. The Gift, 1938. Invitation to a Beheading, 1938. The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, 1941. Bend Sinister, 1947. Lolita, 1955. Pnin, 1957. Pale Fire, 1962. Ada, 1969. Stories First Love, 1909. Spring in Fialta, 1938. The Visit to the Museum, 1958. Autobiography Speak, Memory, 1951.

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