Praise for The Secret History

"A penetrating analysis certain to compel a major reassessment of the Nabokov canon."
— starred review, Booklist

"...a brilliant examination that adds to the understanding of an inspiring and enigmatic life."
— starred review, Kirkus

"Highly recommended for all Nabokov fans..."
— starred review, Library Journal

"Certainly the most remarkable and insightful book on Vladimir Nabokov in many years."
— Michael Maar, author of Speak, Nabokov and The Two Lolitas

"... an intriguing and provocative new take on one of the giants of modern American letters."
— Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion: 1914-1918 and other books

"... a feat of fascinating literary detective work ..."
— Christopher Goffard, author of You Will See Fire and Snitch Jacket

"A wide-ranging introduction to Nabokov's life and work as well as a game-changer for those readers who thought they knew his writing cold."
— Steven Belletto, author of No Accident, Comrade: Chance and Design in Cold War American Narratives (Oxford U. Press)

Friday reading at Harvard Book Store

If you live in the greater Boston area, be sure to come to Harvard Book Store in Cambridge this Friday at 7:00 pm, when I’ll be reading from (and signing copies of) The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov.

I’m excited to return to Cambridge, where I was living when I first began my research—and where Nabokov spent several years of his life. During the 1940s Nabokov worked at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. Charged with reorganizing the museum’s butterfly collection, he spent many hours at the museum first as a volunteer and then under contract on a part-time basis (while also lecturing at Wellesley College). He moved to upstate New York in 1948 to become a professor at Cornell, but returned to Cambridge for one semester in 1953 to teach literature at Harvard.

Harvard Book Store is just blocks from the museum—and even closer to Nabokov’s lodgings on Cambridge Street, where he lived briefly during his return to campus. The Friday reading is free and open to the public. I hope to see you there!

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