Poems and Problems, Nabokov

Poems and Problems, Nabokov

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Poems and Problems

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Poems and Problems (ISBN 0-07-045724-7) is a book by Vladimir Nabokov published in 1969. It consists of:

One of the 39 poems originally written in Russian, "Lilith", in 1928, can be looked at as a foreshadowing of Lolita. However, in the author's notes, Nabokov states that, "Intelligent readers will abstain from examining this impersonal fantasy for any links with my later fiction," and that the poem was written "...to amuse a friend."

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  • "Chess problems demand from the composer the same virtues that characterize all worthwhile art: originality, invention, conciseness, harmony, complexity, and splendid insincerity."

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