Vera by Stacy Schiff
(Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) (Modern Library Paperbacks)

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5 Critic Reviews

This book offers more than a peek at the famous author through his wife's eyes. When her 1991 New York Times obit called V ra ""Wife, Muse, and Agent"" it only hinted at her role, which is rescued from obscurity in Schiff's graceful prose.
-Publishers Weekly

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for biography and hailed by critics as both “monumental” (The Boston Globe) and “utterly romantic” (New York magazine), Stacy Schiff’s Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) brings to shimmering life one of the greatest literary love stories of our time. Vladimir Nabokov—the émigré author of Lolita; Pale Fire; and Speak, Memory—wrote his books first for himself, second for his wife, Véra, and third for no one at all.

“Without my wife,” he once noted, “I wouldn’t have written a single novel.” Set in prewar Europe and postwar America, spanning much of the century, the story of the Nabokovs’ fifty-two-year marriage reads as vividly as a novel. Véra, both beautiful and brilliant, is its outsized heroine—a woman who loves as deeply and intelligently as did the great romantic heroines of Austen and Tolstoy. Stacy Schiff's Véra is a triumph of the biographical form.
 

About Stacy Schiff

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Stacy Schiff's Saint Exupéry was a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in New York City.
 
Published February 23, 2011 by Modern Library. 480 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on May 20 2010

Schiff’s entertaining biography powerfully argues that in effacing herself for her husband’s aggrandizement, VÇra Nabokov entered history arm in arm with one of the century’s greatest men of letters.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Mar 29 1999

This book offers more than a peek at the famous author through his wife's eyes. When her 1991 New York Times obit called V ra ""Wife, Muse, and Agent"" it only hinted at her role, which is rescued from obscurity in Schiff's graceful prose.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by George Steiner on Jul 31 1999

Vera was tireless as translator, editor, agent, Praetorian Guard. But as Schiff urges, her participation in Nabokov's linguistic experiments, in his conviction of imminent celebrity, was indispensable.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Troy Patterson on May 21 1999

...as a biography Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) is otherwise clear, brisk, and broad, offering conclusive evidence of the beauty of the Nabokovs' loving literary partnership.

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BookPage

Good
on May 01 1999

Thickly footnoted, illustrated with a wide variety of photographs, and written with an eye toward Nabokov's writing as well as his wife, Schiff's book paints a comprehensive picture of one of literature's more complex couples.

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