One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Friday, July 1, 2011

Two Questions (but No Answers) re "Pale Fire"

Question #1: Did the lengthy commentary of "Eugene Onegin" inspire, plant the seed for, Pale Fire = Poem + Commentary?

Questioin #2: Did Flann O'Brien's De Selby (whose footnotes eventually dominate the page) contribute to the genesis of Pale Fire?

Answers: I have none. Rereading Pale Fire brought these questions to mind. I have no idea if there's evidence out there to take a stab at the answers. Certainly Nabokov liked to claim: No influences.

I'll get back to it if I can dig anything up.
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