Nabokov's Poetry

16th October 2013 19:00
203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD
Poet in the City was delighted to present an evening exploring the poetry of Vladimir Nabokov.

Vladimir Nabokov is acknowledged as one of the greatest prose stylists of the twentieth century, but his first love was poetry. A landmark new Collected Poems brings together the best of Nabokov\'s verse, including an extensive number of pieces that have never appeared in English before, newly translated from the Russian by his son Dmitri Nabokov, and with a new introduction by Thomas Karshan.

These masterly poems span the decades of Nabokov's career, from 'Music', written in 1914 and probably Nabokov's first recorded poem, to the short, playful 'To Vera', composed in 1974. Filled with charm, irony and exuberance, the poems brought together in this volume are masterpieces of style and precision.

With live poetry and discussion, this event celebrated a new, unexpected side to Nabokov the writer.

Dr Thomas Karshan is Lecturer in Literature at the University of East Anglia. He is editor of Collected Poems by Vladimir Nabokov (Penguin UK 2012)
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