Annotations by Alexey Sklyarenko

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

Oleg, Varangian boyhood & hotinguens in Pale Fire

Submitted by Alexey Sklyarenko on Fri, 10/23/2020 - 07:15

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), young Prince Charles and his playmate Oleg were handsome, long-legged specimens of Varangian boyhood:

 

surgical instruments & infernal sacrament in Pale Fire

Submitted by Alexey Sklyarenko on Sun, 10/18/2020 - 22:12

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), Samuel Shade (the poet’s father) had studied medicine in his youth and was vice-president of a firm of surgical instruments in Exton:

 

Professor Hurley in Pale Fire

Submitted by Alexey Sklyarenko on Sat, 10/17/2020 - 13:15

In his Foreword and Commentary 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 Professor Hurley, the fine administrator and inept scholar who since 1957 headed the English Department of Wordsmith College: