Véra: (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov)

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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 23, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for biography and hailed by critics as both “monumental” (The Boston Globe) and “utterly romantic” (New York magazine), Stacy Schiff’s Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) brings to shimmering life one of the greatest literary love stories of our time. Vladimir Nabokov—the émigré author of Lolita; Pale Fire; and Speak, Memory—wrote his books first for himself, second for his wife, Véra, and third for no one at all.

“Without my wife,” he once noted, “I wouldn’t have written a single novel.” Set in prewar Europe and postwar America, spanning much of the century, the story of the Nabokovs’ fifty-two-year marriage reads as vividly as a novel. Véra, both beautiful and brilliant, is its outsized heroine—a woman who loves as deeply and intelligently as did the great romantic heroines of Austen and Tolstoy. Stacy Schiff's Véra is a triumph of the biographical form.

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VERA (MRS. VLADIMIR NABOKOV): Portrait of a Marriage

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The fascinating story of a modern woman who made a life-long career as her husband's intellectual companion, secretary, manager, and guardian angel. When in 1925 exiled Jewish Saint-Petersburger VÇra ... Read full review

Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov)

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Vladimir Nabokov's works have come to the attention of the public again with the publication of Library of America editions and the recent film version of Lolita. Several years ago, Brian Boyd ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Stacy Schiff is the author of Saint-Exupéry: A Biography. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, she lives in New York City and in western Canada.

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