Think, Write, Speak Uncollected Essays, Reviews, Interviews and Letters to the Editor - Penguin Modern Classics

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Publisher's Synopsis

'Masterly, hilarious, truly insightful' - Philip Hensher, The Spectator

A Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year 2019


The last major collection of Nabokov's published material, Think, Write, Speak brings together a treasure trove of previously uncollected texts from across the author's extraordinary career.


Each phase of his wandering life is included, from a precocious essay written while still at Cambridge in 1921, through his fame in the aftermath of the publication of Lolita to the final, fascinating interviews given shortly before his death in 1977.

Introduced and edited by his biographer Brian Boyd, this is an essential work for anyone who has been drawn into Nabokov's literary orbit. Here he is at his most inspirational, curious, playful, misleading and caustic. The seriousness of his aesthetic credo, his passion for great writing and his mix of delight and dismay at his own, sudden global fame in the 1950s are all brilliantly delineated.

Book information

ISBN: 9780141398389
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 813.54
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 392g
Height: 128mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 29mm