Vladimir Nabokov was a celebrated Russian-American novelist who first gained recognition publishing novels in the Russian language. He achieved worldwide popularity with his English novels such as 1962's Pale Fire and 1955's Lolita. The latter is regarded as his most popular novel written in the English language. He ranks high in the list of the 20th century's greatest novelists.
In 1925, he married Véra Evseyevna Slonimin, with whom he fathered a son named Dmitri.
His novel Lolita was placed at the fourth position on the Modern Library 100 Best Novels (the list of the 20th century's best 100 novels written in English). His novel Pale Fire also made it onto the list, appearing at the 53rd position.
He became a citizen of the United States in 1945.
A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.Vladimir Nabokov
A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual.Vladimir Nabokov
A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.Vladimir Nabokov
Discussion in class, which means letting twenty young blockheads and two cocky neurotics discuss something that neither their teacher nor they know.Vladimir Nabokov
Genius is an African who dreams up snow.Vladimir Nabokov
I confess, I do not believe in time.Vladimir Nabokov
Imagination, the supreme delight of the immortal and the immature, should be limited. In order to enjoy life, we should not enjoy it too much.Vladimir Nabokov
It is hard, I submit, to loathe bloodshed, including war, more than I do, but it is still harder to exceed my loathing of the very nature of totalitarian states in which massacre is only an administrative detail.Vladimir Nabokov
Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.Vladimir Nabokov
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.Vladimir Nabokov
Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.Vladimir Nabokov
To play safe, I prefer to accept only one type of power: the power of art over trash, the triumph of magic over the brute.Vladimir Nabokov
was a famous Russian novelist, professor, and lepidopterist,
who was born on
April 22, 1899. As a person born on this date, Vladimir Nabokov is listed in our database as the 15th
most popular celebrity for the day (April 22) and the 8th most popular for the year (1899).
People born on April 22
fall under the Zodiac sign of Taurus, the Bull.
Vladimir Nabokov is the 331st most popular Taurus.
Aside from information specific to Vladimir Nabokov's birthday, Vladimir Nabokov is the 23rd most famous Russian and ranks 2nd in famous people born in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
In general, Vladimir Nabokov ranks as the 3896th
most popular famous person, and the 93rd most popular author / writer / novelist / playwright of all time.
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