The letters of the great writer to his wife--in their first publication--tell a long and beguiling love story and document anew the creative energies of an artist who was always at work.
No marriage of a major twentieth-century writer is quite as beguiling as that of Vladimir Nabokov's to Véra Slonim. She shared his delight at the enchantment of life's trifles and literature's treasures, and he rated her as having the best and quickest sense of humor of any woman he had met. From their meeting in 1923, Vladimir's letters to Véra form a narrative arc that tells a half-century long love story, one that is playful, romantic, pithy, and memorable. At the same time, the letters tell us much about the man and the writer. We see the infectious fascination with which Vladimir observed everything--animals, people, speech, the landscapes he encountered--and learn of the poems, plays, stories, novels, memoirs, screenplays, and translations on which he worked ceaselessly. This delicious volume contains 21 photographs, as well as facsimiles of the letters themselves and the puzzles and doodles Vladimir often sent to Véra.
Edited and translated by Olga Voronina and Brian Boyd.