Nabokov's Blues

Nabokov's Blues

The Scientific Odyssey of A Literary Genius

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"One of the last of the gentleman-naturalists, Vladimir Nabokov, the Russian-American author of Lolita and other enduring works of fiction, had no formal training in biology, but during the 1940s was an acknowledged expert on blues, a diverse group of butterflies inhabiting some of the remotest parts of Latin America. In 1945, while serving as curator at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology, he published a radical new classification of blues, a paper that initially caused a stir in the rarified field of lepidoptery"--Jacket.
"It was nearly fifty years before scientists followed up on his pioneering work, with a series of expeditions to the high Andes of South America. What they found led not only to new thinking about Nabokov's place in science, but to fresh insights on the global movement of species and the threat of their extinction"--Book jacket. "Part biography of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, and part scientific detective story, Nabokoy's Blues explores the rich and varied place butterflies hold in Nabokov's fiction, as well as far-reaching questions of biogeography and evolution, and the worldwide crisis in ecology and biodiversity"--Jacket.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Zoland Books, 1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781581950090
Branch Call Number: BIOGRAPHY 813.54 NABOKOV 1999
Characteristics: xii, 372 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Coates, Steven L. 1955-


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morrisonist Dec 26, 2015

I was so pleased to see this. you rarely get to see so fine of a book about the role of insects in literature!

Jul 02, 2015

Some of Nabokov's finest work here.


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