Lectures on Don Quixote

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983 - Literary Criticism - 219 pages
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A fastidiously shaped series of lectures based on a chapter-by-chapter synopsis of the Spanish classic. Rejecting the common interpretation of Don Quixote as a warm satire, Nabokov perceives the work as a catalog of cruelty through which the gaunt knight passes. Edited and with a Preface by Fredson Bowers; photographs.

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User Review  - meredith - Goodreads

Nobokov almost totally hates Don Quixote, which comes through here, which is what makes this rambling collection almost totally worthwhile. Read full review

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User Review  - Ed Smiley - Goodreads

If you read Don Quixote all the way through, you may be very surprised by what you may find. (See my review.) Nabokov, master of craft, with cunning wit, and direct and determinate views lays bare all ... Read full review


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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nobokov was born April 22, 1899 in St. Petersburg, Russia to a wealthy family. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge. When he left Russia, he moved to Paris and eventually to the United States in 1940. He taught at Wellesley College and Cornell University. Nobokov is revered as one of the great American novelists of the 20th Century. Before he moved to the United States, he wrote under the pseudonym Vladimir Serin. Among those titles, were Mashenka, his first novel and Invitation to a Beheading. The first book he wrote in English was The Real Life of Sebastian Knight. He is best know for his work Lolita which was made into a movie in 1962. In addition to novels, he also wrote poetry and short stories. Nabokov died July 2, 1977.

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