Vladimir Nabokov

1899 - 1977

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (Russian: Владимир Владимирович Набоков [vlɐˈdʲimʲɪr vlɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvʲɪtɕ nɐˈbokəf] ; 22 April [O.S. 10 April] 1899 – 2 July 1977), also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin (Владимир Сирин), was a Russian-American novelist, poet, translator, and entomologist. Born in Imperial Russia in 1899, Nabokov wrote his first nine novels in Russian (1926–1938) while living in Berlin, where he met his wife. He achieved international acclaim and prominence after moving to the United States, where he began writing in English. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vladimir Nabokov has received more than 5,463,016 page views. His biography is available in 113 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 111 in 2019). Vladimir Nabokov is the 125th most popular writer (down from 111th in 2019), the 41st most popular biography from Russia (up from 46th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Russian Writer.

Vladimir Nabokov is most famous for his novel Lolita, which tells the story of a middle-aged man's sexual obsession with a 12-year-old girl.

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  • 113

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  • 5.14

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Notable Works

erotic fiction, romance fiction, fiction
The most tender, shocking and outrageous love story ever told, LOLITA has been banned, burned, censored, denounced--and read by more millions than any other book of its kind. It is about a middle-aged man's tormented desire for his nymphet step-daughter. And a honeymoon without a wedding. And a romance as sweet as murder is innocent. And a murder. -back cover ---------- Also contained in: - [Novels 1955-1962](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL20643775W/Novels_1955-1962) - [Works: Ada / Lolita](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL17687842W/Ada_Lolita)
Speak, memory
American Authors, Biography, Russian Authors
Kamera obskura
Translations into English, Adultery, Fiction
Russian fiction
Pale fire
Immigrants, Fiction, Kings and rulers
A 999 line poem in heroic couplets, divided into 4 cantos, was composed--according to Nabokov's fiction--by John Francis Shade, an obsessively methodical man, during the last 20 days of his life.
Fiction, Russian Americans in fiction, College teachers in fiction


Among writers, Vladimir Nabokov ranks 125 out of 7,302Before him are Guy de Maupassant, Charles Bukowski, Ivo Andrić, Charlotte Brontë, Lewis Carroll, and Ahmad ibn Hanbal. After him are Paul Verlaine, François Villon, Alexandre Dumas fils, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Guillaume Apollinaire, and Plautus.

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Among people born in 1899, Vladimir Nabokov ranks 6Before him are Huang Xianfan, Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock, Jorge Luis Borges, and Al Capone. After him are Friedrich Hayek, Frederick IX of Denmark, Lavrentiy Beria, Yasunari Kawabata, Humphrey Bogart, and László Bíró. Among people deceased in 1977, Vladimir Nabokov ranks 4Before him are Charlie Chaplin, Elvis Presley, and Maria Callas. After him are Wernher von Braun, Anthony Eden, Stefania Turkewich, Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, Ludwig Erhard, René Goscinny, Roberto Rossellini, and Jacques Prévert.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Vladimir Nabokov ranks 41 out of 3,761Before him are Valentina Tereshkova (1937), Georgy Zhukov (1896), David Hilbert (1862), E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776), Alexander II of Russia (1818), and Konstantin Chernenko (1911). After him are Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (1901), Turhan Hatice Sultan (1627), Vyacheslav Molotov (1890), Elizabeth of Russia (1709), Paul I of Russia (1754), and Gustav Kirchhoff (1824).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Vladimir Nabokov ranks 10Before him are Alexander Pushkin (1799), Ayn Rand (1905), Maxim Gorky (1868), Isaac Asimov (1920), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918), and E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776). After him are Boris Pasternak (1890), Ivan Turgenev (1818), Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861), Svetlana Alliluyeva (1926), Mikhail Sholokhov (1905), and Joseph Brodsky (1940).