Vladimir Nabokov: Glory

(1655 words)
  • Emily Collins (University of Bristol)

Glory's title, both in Russian [Podvig] and in English, indicates its relationship to chivalric ideals of the knightly quest. Written in Russian in 1930, while Nabokov was living in Berlin, and first published serially in 1931-32, the novel was given at least three tentative titles before Nabokov (then writing as “Sirin”) arrived at Podvig (“Deed” or “Exploit”). Two of these, Zolotoi vek (“Golden Age”) and Romanticheskii vek (“Romantic Times”) indicate the centrality of chivalric romance to the novel. But Nabokov's first working title invokes rather the idea of completion, of triumphant …
Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Collins, Emily. "Glory". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 January 2007
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=4947, accessed 04 July 2015.]