Vladimir Nabokov Papers 1958-1964.
Biographical / Historical Note
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was born into a wealthy, landed family on April 23,
1899, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Educated at Cambridge, spending most of the his
twenties and thirties in Berlin, Nabokov came to America in 1940. Already the author
of a handful of novels written in his native Russian, he struggled to find a
publisher for what would become his most famous novel, Lolita . After finally finding a publisher in the Olympia Press in Paris
(1955), Nabokov went on to write many other celebrated novels, including Ada , Pnin , and Pale Fire . An accomplished translator in his own right,
Nabokov not only translated some of his own Russian-language novels but also Russian
classics, like Pushkin and Gogol. He spent the final fifteen years of his life in
Switzerland, where he died in 1977.