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Nabokov and the Arthur Legend

I recently discovered that Vladimir Nabokov finished his most famous work, Lolita, in my hometown of Ashland, Oregon. Seeing as how it had been forty years since I had read Lolita, I did some digging: turns out there are 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. Apparently the early exposure made an impact. In
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