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Nabokov in Ashlandia

I recently discovered that Vladimir Nabokov finished his most famous work, Lolita, in our beautiful city of Ashland, Oregon. Seeing as how it had been forty years since I had read Lolita, I did some digging: turns out there are also (speaking of “mythical State of Jefferson”) some Arthurian links in the famous Russian novelist’s life and work. Describing his own childhood as nearly “perfect,” Nabokov grew up trilingual (Russian, French, English) in a wealthy St. Petersburg family. He could read English before he could read Russian. His early literary fare: the legends of King Arthur, his Knights, and the Round Table.
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