Thursday, August 21, 2014


In 1985 I wrote a letter to the London publisher of Nabokov's Nikolay Gogol (1973), requesting information for an article I was writing:

Prolepsis is a rhetorical device in which one answers an opponent's objection or argument before he/she has put it forward.

The London publisher did not reply, but forwarded my letter to Nabokov's widow, Vera Nabokov, in Switzerland. Whereupon she wrote me a letter in which she informed me that my approach was all wrong and that I need not write my article.

The article, which I published (against orders) in 1986 is called "Nabokov's Influence on Gogol."

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