Vladimir Nabokov: The Original of Laura (Dying Is Fun)

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On finishing his seventeenth novel, Look at the Harlequins!, in April 1974, Vladimir Nabokov signed a new contract with McGraw-Hill for six books over four years, one of which was to be his next novel, The Original of Laura: Dying is Fun. He was seventy-five. By May Laura was already “mapped out rather clearly for next year”. It was to be “Inspiration. Radiant insomnia. The flavour of snow of beloved alpine slopes. A novel without an I, without a he, but with the narrator, the gliding eye, being implied throughout” (Boyd 643-44). Work on it had to be postponed, however, until he had completed final revisions to his French Ada, as well as a set of translations of …

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Wyllie, Barbara. "The Original of Laura (Dying Is Fun)". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 January 2010
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