Vladimir Nabokov: Strong Opinions

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  • William Norman (University of Kent at Canterbury)

Strong Opinions was the result of a book deal signed by Nabokov with McGraw-Hill in 1968, in which the author agreed to produce eleven books in five years. Then at the height of his fame, Nabokov was busily overseeing the translation of his pre-war Russian oeuvre into English, as well as composing new fiction. As the deadline approached however, he found himself one book short, and consequently compiled the collection of miscellaneous prose pieces which became Strong Opinions. The main body of the volume is taken up with interviews given in the decade between 1962 and 1972, during which Nabokov lived in Montreux, Switzerland. These interviews reflect the author’s burgeoning celebrity status, following Stanley …

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Norman, William. "Strong Opinions". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 October 2006
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