Vladimir Nabokov

Russian-American novelist, 1899-1977

"Nabokov is most famous for his novel ""Lolita"", published in 1955. It exhibits the love of intricate word play and synesthetic detail that characterizes most of his works. The novel was ranked fourth in the list of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels; ""Pale Fire"" (1962) was ranked 53rd on the same list, and his memoir, ""Speak, Memory"" (1951), was listed eighth on the publisher’s list of the 20th century’s greatest nonfiction. He was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction seven times, but he never won it."

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Schriftsteller (1899-1977). Document signed. O. O. 2 SS. auf 2 Bll. Gr.-4to.
$ 3,534 / 3.000 € (24835)

An agreement between Nabokov’s company, McGraw Hill International, Inc., and Columbia Pictures regarding an Option Agreement: „Reference is made to an Option Agreement between you and the undersigned dated as of April 5, 1969 (hereinafter the ‚Option Agreement’) with respect to the motion picture and allied rights in and to that certain literary work entitled ‚Ada or Ardor’ (hereinafter the ‚Work’). Pursuant to the terms of said Option Agreement, the option contained therein was exercisable by the undersigned not later than August 5, 1969.

You and we hereby agree to amend said Option Agreement as follows [...]“. – Two weeks after his seventieth birthday, Nabokov published „Ada or Ardor“, the book that the New York Times Book Review praised as „a great work of art, a necessary book, radiant and rapturous, affirming the power of love and imagination“ and said that it „provides further evidence that he is a peer of Kafka, Proust and Joyce“. This romantic novel started off as two separate projects, but when Nabokov saw a connection between the two ideas, he combined them and made what would be his longest and most allusory novel. The greatest tragedy of this masterpiece is that after securing the rights, Columbia decided against exercising its option to bring the film to life. – With scattered light creasing, uniform toning, a staple mark and a whole staple to the top left corner, a staple mark at the top edges, with the mark on the second page slightly torn, and two binder holes along the top of each page, none of which affect the crisp signature..

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Nabokov, Vladimir

Russian-born novelist, poet, translator and entomologist (1899-1977). Signed check. Ithaca. Quer-8vo. 1 p.
$ 1,767 / 1.500 € (76680)

First National Bank of Ithaca check, 6.25 x 2.75, filled out in another hand and signed by Nabokov, "Vladimir Nabokov," payable to Ward's Natural Science Establishment, Inc. for $2.27, May 8, 1958. In fine condition. Nabokov had moved to Ithaca in 1948 to teach Russian and European literature at Cornell University, before moving to the Montreux Palace Hotel in Montreux, Switzerland, in 1961. A desirable check from the author of Lolita, Pale Fire, and Speak, Memory, which are widely recognized as some of the greatest works of the 20th century.

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Nabokov, Vladimir

writer (1899-1977). Autograph postcard signed ("V. Nabokoff"). [Berlin. Oblong 8vo. 1 page. With autogr. address and return address.
$ 14,136 / 12.000 € (72794/BN46849)

To the Belgian writer Robert Mélot (ps. Mélot du Dy, 1891-1956), thanking for sending Mélot's book "Signes de vie" (Paris, Denoël et Steele, 1936) in which he added an autograph note to Nabokov. Nabokov lists his favourite poems of the book and announces a journey to Belgium in autumn: "Cher monsieur et ami, je vous remercie beaucoup pour vos 'Signes de Vie' (un titre plein d'esprit poétique!) et les gentils mots, que vous y avez mis. Vous avez bien raison de dire 'en goûter la rondeur plûtot que le travers' - car je crois que sans ce gout de la vie que vous avez (gout de 'pommes vertes') il serait impossible de faire de beaux vers.

J'ai spécialement aimé 'la vielle son miroir', puis le magnifique 'je pense aux tiroirs des poètes' et le 'jeune homme preux'. Merci encore une fois pour ce charmant cadeau. J'ai bien l'intention de venir en Belgique cet automne - et ce sera un grand plaisir que de vous revoir [...]". - In "Nestorstr. 22", as Nabokov writes in the return address, he and his family were living from 1932 to 1937. - Early Nabokov letters such as the present example are exceedingly rare..

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