To destroy or publish?Nabokov's last work
Posted 25 February 2008 - 06:54 PM
There is also a fantasy of authorial control (not necessarily the author's fantasy--it can be the reader's) that wills and posthumous instructions--and the debates about them--seem to elicit. It is a fantasy. Nabakov can't protect his published works from being read or adapted in ways that may distort his intentions at least as badly as the publication of an unfinished fragment.
But if I were a great writer's literary executor I imagine I would feel obligated to follow her instructions (and obey the law).
Posted 25 February 2008 - 07:11 PM
Quite so. I suppose the difference is that when he was still around, his work was published as he wanted it done. No, he hadn’t much control over the way his work was interpreted, although he did like to put in puzzles and red herrings to play Confuse-A-Critic -- but it was out there in the form he chose.
Good to hear from you, Drew.
Posted 03 March 2008 - 02:11 PM
Regarding the e-mail, maybe Dmitri just forgot about the Caps Lock key....
The second civilian to claim to have laid eyes on Laura is a professor at the University of Strasbourg named Lara (!) Delage-Toriel, who says she was granted the privilege by Dmitri Nabokov.
Posted 25 April 2008 - 05:01 PM
Posted 06 May 2008 - 02:20 PM
If Dmitri owns the only physical copy (which is what it appears), there is no legal necessity to act. Ownership of physical property (the manuscript) is entirely separate from ownership of the copyright (or lack thereof, i.e. public domain-dom). Even if the copyright falls into public domain, as long as Dmitri owns the only physical copy there is no reason that the family can't keep the manuscript safely in the Swiss vault indefinitely.
However, if Dmitri plans to sell the exclusive rights to publish Laura, he must do so before the copyright falls into public domain. Otherwise, those rights are worthless.
Posted 03 June 2008 - 06:49 PM
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Posted 16 November 2009 - 02:48 PM
On his Monday show, Leonard Lopate interviewed Nabokov's biographer and the man who designed TOoL's unique format.
Posted 16 November 2009 - 04:43 PM
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