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Vladimir Nabokov
V. S. Naipaul

Ogden Nash

Thomas Nashe

Author Vladimir Nabokov - He Likes to Work in the Car, Writing on Index Cards., Photographic Print
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Vladimir Nabokov
b. 4-22-1899; St. Petersburg, Russia
d. 7-2-1977; Montreux, Switzerland

Considered a master English prose stylist, multilingual novelist and short story writer Vladimir Nabokov wrote his first nine novels in Russian. He is best remembered for his 1955 Lolita and for contributions to entomology.

Vladimir Nabokov quotes ~
• “A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.”
• “A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.”
• “Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution.”
• “My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.”
• “...I prefer to accept only one type of power: the power of art over trash, the triumph of magic over the brute.”

The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov
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FYI ~ The fourth chapter of Vladimir Nabokov's The Gift has the protagonist, Fyodor Godunov-Cherdyntsev study Nikolay Chernyshevsky and write the critical biography.

V.S. Naipaul, Photographic Print
V.S. Naipaul,
Photographic Print

V. S. Naipaul
b. 8-17-1932; Trinidad & Tobago

V. S. Naipaul (Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, Kt., TC), a British novelist and essayist, was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2001 for “having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories.”

The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul

Ogden Nash Photographic Print
Ogden Nash,
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Ogden Nash
b. 8-19-1902; Rye, NY
d. 5-19-1971; Baltimore, MD

Poet Ogden Nash, best remembered for his light verse, full of surprising, pun-like rhymes, sometimes with words deliberately misspelled for comic effect.

FYI - F. Scott Fitzgerald and Nash both worked for the same company at one time - writing streetcar card ads.

He thought of Baltimore as his home town saying, “I could have loved New York had I not loved Balti-more.”

Odgen Nash ~
• “You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely!”
• “I often wonder which is mine:
Tolerance, or a rubber spine ”
• “I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Indeed, unless the billboards fall
I'll never see a tree at all.”
• “The Trouble with a kitten is / That / Eventually it becomes a / Cat.”
• "People can't concentrate properly on blowing other people to pieces if their
minds are poisoned by thought suitable to the twenty-fifth of December.”

Candy Is Dandy: The Best of Ogden Nash

Thomas Nashe, Giclee Print
Thomas Nashe,
Giclee Print

Thomas Nashe
b. November 1567; baptised in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England
d. c. 1601

Thomas Nashe was an Elizabethan pamphleteer and poet with a satirical bent, which kept him in trouble with authorities. He was friends with Ben Jonson and Christopher Marlowe, and a contemporary of William Shakespeare.

Thomas Nashe quotes ~
• “Our learning ought to be our lives' amendment, and the fruits of our private study ought to appear in our public behavior.” ~ The Anatomie of Absurditie, 1589
• “The Sun shineth as well on the good as the bad: God from on high beholdeth all the workers of iniquity, as well as the upright of heart.”~ Christ's Tears over Jerusalem, 1593 (also see Matthew 5:44-46)
• “Beauty is but a flower, Which wrinkles will devour.” ~ Summer's Last Will and Testament, 1600

The Unfortunate Traveller and Other Works

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