The various combinations these minor authors are able to produce within these set limits may be quite amusing in a mild ephemeral way because minor readers like to recognize their own ideas in a pleasing disguise. It is there that occurs the telltale tingle even though we must keep a little aloof, a little detached when reading.
The enthusiastic artist alone is apt to be too subjective in his attitude towards a book, and so a scientific coolness of judgment will temper the intuitive heat. This lowly variety is not the kind of imagination I would like readers to use. I have mislaid the list, but as far as I remember the definitions went something like this.
We should always remember that the work of art is invariably the creation of a new world, so that the first thing we should do is to study that new world as closely as possible, approaching it as something brand new, having no obvious connection with the worlds we already know.
What rhetorical devices does Nabokov use? Those berries there are edible. We have no physical organ as we have the eye in regard to a painting that takes in the whole picture and then can enjoy its details. Being able to remember what was read five chapters ago will increase the joy of the climax of the novel, once it is reached.
And I shall tell you why. Alas, I have known people whose purpose in reading the French and Russian novelists was to learn something about life in gay Paree or in sad Russia. We have no physical organ as we have the eye in regard to a painting that takes in the whole picture and then can enjoy its details.
Literature was born not the day when a boy crying wolf, wolf came running out of the Neanderthal valley with a big gray wolf at his heels: The reader should identify himself or herself with the hero or heroine.
The reader should have seen the book in a movie.
What characterizes the conclusion? To minor authors is left the ornamentation of the commonplace: When he perished at last, the story told about him acquired a good lesson in the dark around the camp fire.
Time and space, the colors of the seasons, the movements of muscles and minds, all these are for writers of genius as far as we can guess and I trust we guess right not traditional notions which may be borrowed from the circulating library of public truths but a series of unique surprises which master artists have learned to express in their own unique way.
Incidentally, I use the word reader very loosely. What matters is that the reader is learning new things, simply by taking a few minutes out of their way to write down a definition. The writer deliberately creates everything from the mind within. He was the inventor.
First, the sullen mood melts away, and for better or worse the reader enters into the spirit of the game. And Bleak House, that fantastic romance within a fantastic London, can we call it a study of London a hundred years ago? The reader should have imagination.Vladimir Nabokov, Good Readers and Good Writers Journal questions to consider while reading: The Nabokov piece.
is a seminal one in our study of reading and writing. Link to Nabokov's wonderful essay on how to read, and where the magic of writing lies. Vladimir Nabokov on Writing, Reading, and the Three Qualities a Great Storyteller Must Have Happy Birthday, Nabokov: A BBC Documentary on Lolita and Life A Lolitigation Lament: Nabokov on Censorship and Solidarity.
Labors of Love Vladimir Nabokov on What Makes a Good Reader. Jun 23, · The reader can see that Vladimir Nabokov is a intelligent man with good reading and writing skills.
His tone seems critical but after reading the essay more than once the reader can see he is trying to be informative and helpful. Vladimir Nabokov on Writing, Reading, and the Three Qualities a Great Storyteller Must Have “Between the wolf in the tall grass and the wolf in the tall story there is a shimmering go-between.
That go-between, that prism, is the art of literature.”. View Notes - Nabokov -- Good Readers and Good Writers from SLAVIC R5B at University of California, Berkeley. Vladimir Nab 0km? LECTURES ON LITERATURE DEPARTMENT OF SLAVIC LANGUAGE-3 AND.Download