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(NABOKOV, Vladimir, trans.) PUSHKIN, Aleksandr.

Eugene Onegin....

A Novel in Verse Translated from the Russian, with a Commentary.

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Published: New York Bollingen Series, Pantheon Books, 1964

Stock Code: 131730

£375
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Notes

First edition, first printing, 4,282 copies were published. "Perhaps no one at home or in exile made claim to Pushkin's legacy more faithfully than Nabokov. Born one hundred years after Pushkin in 1899, Nabokov adopted him as his personal muse and never abandoned that calling. He took Pushkin as his fellow traveler on every one of his literary journeys" (Sergei Davydov in Shapiro p. 104). In the same study, Irene Ronen writes that Nabokov's accompanying text "is a product of supreme intellectual and artistic maturity: The admiration for the artist and man is still there, but the earlier attitude of exalted and exaggerated piety is not"; going on to note that in his speech in Paris in 1937, marking the one hundredth anniversary of Pushkin's death, Nabokov stated "to read Pushkin's works..., without a single exception is one of the glories of earthly life" (ibid. p. 118 & 122).

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Description

4 volumes, octavo. Original light blue cloth, titles to spines gilt on red ground, top edges blue. With the dust jackets. Housed in publisher's card slipcase.

Illustrations

Monochrome portrait frontispiece of Pushkin (the famous portrait by Orest Kiprensky).

Condition

Ownership signature to front free endpaper of vol. I. Light sunning to spines and spine panels; a very good set in the dust jackets, faintly soiled with light chipping around extremities.

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