Annotations by Alexey Sklyarenko

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Please read Alexey Sklyarenko's annotations on Pale FireAda and other Nabokov works here.

Birds of Mexico in Pale Fire; Veracruz in Lolita

Submitted by Alexey Sklyarenko on Mon, 08/10/2020 - 18:01

According to Kinbote (in VN’s novel Pale Fire, 1962, Shade’s mad commentator who imagines that he is Charles the Beloved, the last self-exiled king of Zembla), Shade’s mother assisted her husband in his work and drew the admirable figures of his Birds of Mexico:

 

Curdy Buff & puffed-up poets in Pale Fire

Submitted by Alexey Sklyarenko on Mon, 08/10/2020 - 12:08

In his Commentary and Index to Shade’s poem Kinbote (in VN’s novel Pale Fire, 1962, Shade’s mad commentator who imagines that he is Charles the Beloved, the last self-exiled king of Zembla) mentions Queen Disa’s cousin, Harfar Baron of Shalksbore, who was nicknamed Curdy Buff by his admirers:

 

lazy Garh, her blancmange breasts & grunter in Pale Fire

Submitted by Alexey Sklyarenko on Sat, 08/08/2020 - 17:07

Describing the king’s escape from Zembla, Kinbote (in VN’s novel Pale Fire, 1962, Shade’s mad commentator who imagines that he is Charles the Beloved, the last self-exiled king of Zembla) mentions lazy Garh, the farmer's daughter who shows to the king the shortest way to the pass:

 

Shakespeare Avenue & Balthasar, Prince of Loam in Pale Fire

Submitted by Alexey Sklyarenko on Wed, 08/05/2020 - 11:13

At the end of his poem John Shade (the poet in VN’s novel Pale Fire, 1962) mentions some neighbor's gardener:

 

And through the flowing shade and ebbing light

A man, unheedful of the butterfly -

Some neighbor's gardener, I guess - goes by

Trundling an empty barrow up the lane. (ll. 996-999)

 

Pegasus & T. S. Eliot in Pale Fire

Submitted by Alexey Sklyarenko on Tue, 08/04/2020 - 09:09

Having struck this out, the poet tried another theme, but these lines he also canceled:

 

England where poets flew the highest, now

Wants them to plod and Pegasus to plough;

Now the prosemongers of the Grubby Group,

The Message Man, the owlish Nincompoop

And all the Social Novels of our age

Leave but a pinch of coal dust on the page. (note to Line 922)