Visiting Mrs Nabokov And Other Excursions

They glimpsed each other, but did notmeet properly until later in theyear,ata Charity Ball. Nabokov started playing a lot of chess with Véra's father. Ina letterto his mother he spoke of his need to settle down.


Author: Martin Amis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446401675

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 288

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Fuelled by innumerable cigarettes, Martin Amis provides dazzling portraits of contemporaries and mentors alike: Larkin and Rushdie; Greene and Pritchett; Ballard and Burgess and Nicholson Baker; John Updike - warts and all. Vigorously zipping across to Washington, he exposes the double-think of nuke-speak; in New Orleans the Republican Convention gets a going over. And then there's sport: he visits the world of darts and its disastrous attempt to clean itself up; dirty tricks in the world of chess; and some brisk but vicious poker with Al Alvarez and David Mamet. Sex without Madonna, expulsion from school, a Stones gig that should have been gagged, on set with Robocop or on court with Gabriela Sabatini, this is Martin Amis at his electric best.

Father and Son

In Visiting Mrs. Nabokov and Other Excursions, 47-59. "The Latest Bad News." Review of More Die of Heartbreak, by Saul Bellow. Observer, 25 October 1987. "Lectures." Review of Lectures on Literature, by Vladimir Nabokov.


Author: Gavin Keulks

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299192143

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 328

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An innovative study of two of England’s most popular, controversial, and influential writers, Father and Son breaks new ground in examining the relationship between Kingsley Amis and his son, Martin Amis. Through intertextual readings of their essays and novels, Gavin Keulks examines how the Amises’ work negotiated the boundaries of their personal relationship while claiming territory in the literary debate between mimesis and modernist aesthetics. Theirs was a battle over the nature of reality itself, a twentieth-century realism war conducted by loving family members and rival, antithetical writers. Keulks argues that the Amises’ relationship functioned as a source of literary inspiration and that their work illuminates many of the structural and stylistic shifts that have characterized the British novel since 1950.

Graham Greene The Last Interview

"Graham Greene at Eighty" from Visiting Mrs Nabokov And Other Excursions by Martin Amis. Published by Jonathan Cape. Reprinted by permission of The Random House Group Limited. c. 1993. “Graham Greene at Eighty" from Visiting Mrs.


Author: Graham Greene

Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 9781612198156

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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A master of twentieth century fiction, Graham Greene looks back on his life. This volume also includes several key interviews from throughout his long, fruitful career. Graham Greene led one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century. The son of a Hertfordshire headmaster, he quickly discovered a love for writing, beginning a career that would last a lifetime. Greene's fascination with global politics took him around the world, to places that would become the settings for many of his most famous novels: Mexico (The Power and the Glory), Sierra Leone (The Heart of the Matter), and Haiti (The Comedians) - among dozens of other far-flung locations. He produced masterpieces throughout his life, many of which now stand as indisputably canonical: Brighton Rock, The End of the Affair, and The Quiet American to name but a few.

Atlantic Republic

In Visiting Mrs Nabokov, 170–8. Time's Arrow; or, The Nature of the Offense. New York: Harmony Books, 1991. 'The Ending: Don Juan in Hull' (1993). In The War Against Cliché, 153–72. Visiting Mrs Nabokov and Other Excursions.


Author: Paul Giles

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191525667

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 432

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Atlantic Republic traces the legacy of the United States both as a place and as an idea in the work of English writers from 1776 to the present day. Seeing the disputes of the Reformation as a precursor to this transatlantic divide, it argues that America has operated since the Revolution as a focal point for various traditions of dissent within English culture. By ranging over writers from Richard Price and Susanna Rowson in the 1790s to Angela Carter and Salman Rushdie at the turn of the twenty-first century, the book argues that America haunts the English literary tradition as a parallel space where ideology and aesthetics are configured differently. Consequently, it suggests, many of the key episodes in British history-parliamentary reform in the 1830s, the imperial designs of the Victorian era, the twentieth-century conflict with fascism, the advance of globalization since 1980-have been shaped by implicit dialogues with American cultural models. Rather than simply reinforcing the benign myth of a 'special relationship', Paul Giles considers how various English writers over the past 200 years have engaged with America for various complicated reasons: its promise of political republicanism (Byron, Mary Shelley); its emphasis on religious disestablishment (Clough, Gissing); its prospect of pastoral regeneration (Ruxton, Lawrence); its vision of scientific futurism (Huxley, Ballard). The book also analyses the complex cultural relations between Britain and the United States around the time of the Second World War, suggesting that writers such as Wodehouse, Isherwood, and Auden understood the United States and Germany to offer alternative versions of the kind of technological modernity that appeared equally hostile to traditional forms of English culture. The book ends with a consideration of ways in which the canon of English literature might appear in a different light if seen from a transnational rather than a familiar national perspective.

Great World Writers

SOME INSPIRATIONS BEHIND NABOKOV'S WORK Vladimir Nabokov's two decades in Russia and the fact of his exile exercised a dominant influence on his work . It was not Russia as a whole ... In Visiting Mrs. Nabokov and Other Excursions .


Author: Patrick M. O'Neil

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 0761474757

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 1848

View: 897

This nicely illustrated reference for junior high and high school students offers 20-page profiles of 93 of the world's most influential writers of the twentieth century. Arranged alphabetically, each profile provides facts about the writer's life and works as well as a commentary on his or her significance, discussion of political and social events that occurred during his or her lifetime, a reader's guide to major works, and events, beliefs or traditions that inspired the writer's works.

Queer Frontiers

Martin Amis , Visiting Mrs. Nabokov and Other Excursions ( New York : Harmony Books , 1994 ) , 17 . 24. Amis , Einstein's Monsters , 7 ; emphasis added . Amis likes this formulation so much that it appears again in the later collection ...


Author: Joseph Allen Boone

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299160904

Category: Social Science

Page: 383

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“An eloquent and convincingly articulated anthology. The relavance of its contribution cannot be overstated.”—Suzanne Chávez-Silverman, Pomona College “Suggests the expansive—and explosive—significance of queer theory both inside and outside of the academy.”—Bruce Burgett, University of Wisconsin–Madison “In their sophisticated attention not only to sexuality but also to bodies, genders, identities, and the social spaces that structure how desire plays itself out, this host of fresh voices from the queer frontier provides an encouraging preview of the shape of queer studies in the decade ahead.”—Susan Stryker, Stanford University “This wide-ranging anthology takes us unexpected places and makes provocative connections. Queer Frontiers is a stimulating and lively contribution to the ongoing cultural debates.”—Neil Miller, author of Out in the World and In Search of Gay America “What feminism was for the 1970s and 1980s—the galvanizing political and intellectual force reorganizing mainstream culture’s understanding of gender and sexuality—queer theory is for the 1990s.”—from the Introduction by Joseph A. Boone In the first collection of its kind, twenty-three scholars, artists, and critics forecast the impact of queer theory on the future of sexuality. Arguing that queer theory is poised to transform society’s perception of gender itself, this thoroughly interdisciplinary anthology locates itself at the forefront of various debates both inside and outside the academy. From the history of gay and lesbian studies to the emergence of video bars, from an interview with playwright Cherrie Moraga to a photo record of 1950s gay Los Angeles, these original essays tackle the past, present, and future of queer sexuality from all directions. Queer Frontiers brings together the most vital and energetic voices around; whether promising young scholar or veteran of gay activism, each contributor is helping to move the debate into uncharted territory.

Vladimir Nabokov

“The Fourth Dimension of Nabokov's Laughter in the Dark.” Nabokov at Cornell. ... Madness, Death and Disease in the Fiction of Vladimir Nabokov. Birmingham Slavonic Monographs 23. ... Visiting Mrs Nabokov and Other Excursions.


Author: M. Glynn

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137109071

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 202

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Glynn provides a new reading of Vladimir Nabokov s work by seeking to challenge the notion that he was a Symbolist writer concerned with a transcendent reality. Glynn argues that Nabokov s epistemology was in fact anti-Symbolist and that this aligned him with both Bergsonism and Russian Formalism, which intellectual systems were themselves hostile to a Symbolist epistemology. Symbolism may be seen to devalue material reality by presenting it as a mere adumbration of a higher realm. Nabokov, however, valued the immediate material world and was creatively engaged by the tendency of the deluded mind to efface that reality.

Nabokov in America

“The Sublime and the Ridiculous: Nabokov's Black Farces,” in Quennell, Vladimir Nabokov, His Life. ——. Visiting Mrs. Nabokov and Other Excursions. New York: Vintage International, 1995. Appel, Alfred, Jr. “The Road to Lolita, ...


Author: Robert Roper

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781632860866

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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A unique portrait of Vladimir Nabokov told through the lens of the years he spent in a land that enchanted him, America. The author of the immortal Lolita and Pale Fire, born to an eminent Russian family, conjures the apotheosis of the high modernist artist: cultured, refined-as European as they come. But Vladimir Nabokov, who came to America fleeing the Nazis, came to think of his time here as the richest of his life. Indeed, Nabokov was not only happiest here, but his best work flowed from his response to this exotic land. Robert Roper fills out this period in the writer's life with charm and insight- covering Nabokov's critical friendship with Edmund Wilson, his time at Cornell, his role at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology. But Nabokov in America finds its narrative heart in his serial sojourns into the wilds of the West, undertaken with his wife, Vera, and their son over more than a decade. Nabokov covered more than 200,000 miles as he indulged his other passion: butterfly collecting. Roper has mined fresh sources to bring detail to these journeys, and traces their significant influence in Nabokov's work: on two-lane highways and in late-'40s motels and cafés, we feel Lolita draw near, and understand Nabokov's seductive familiarity with the American mundane. Nabokov in America is also a love letter to U.S. literature, in Nabokov's broad embrace of it from Melville to the Beats. Reading Roper, we feel anew the mountain breezes and the miles logged, the rich learning and the Romantic mind behind some of Nabokov's most beloved books.

Lord Gnome s Literary Companion

Visiting Mrs Nabokov , and Other Excursions MARTIN AMIS ( Cape ) " LICKING through the newspaper lists of famous people's birthdays to ago , was a sobering experience - like registering the first crease on the loved one's previously ...


Author: Francis Wheen

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 1859840450

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 362

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His review has got to be 'in' by mid-day tomorrow ... at about 9 pm his mind will grow relatively clear, and until the small hours he will sit ... skipping expertly through one book after another and laying each one down with the comment, 'God, what tripe!' ... Then suddenly he will snap into it. All the stale old phrases--'a book that no one should miss', 'something memorable on every page'--jump into their places like iron filings obeying the magnet. Thus did George Orwell, writing forty years ago in Confessions of a Book Reviewer, describe the labours of a typical literary hack. Precious little has changed over the intervening decades; the servility of the satirical magazine Private Eye. Lord Gnome's Literary Companion assembles, in thematic order, the best of these columns to present an astringent, rude and funny survey of publishers and the published.

Martin Amis

Alexander, Victoria N. (1994) “Martin Amis: Between the Influences of Bellow and Nabokov,” Antioch Review, 52 (4): pp. 580–590. ... Amis, Kingsley (1995) Visiting Mrs. Nabokov and Other Excursions, New York: Vintage International.


Author: Brian Finney

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136015427

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Booker-shortlisted for Time's Arrow and widely known for his novels, short stories, essays, reviews, and autobiographical works, Martin Amis is one of the most influential of contemporary British writers. This guide to Amis's diverse and often controversial work offers: an accessible introduction to the contexts and many interpretations of his texts, from publication to the present an introduction to key critical texts and perspectives on Amis's life and work, situated within a broader critical history cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism suggestions for further reading. Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of Martin Amis and seeking not only a guide to his works but also a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds them.