I’m alluded to this many times before, but it has FINALLY begun. I have been diligent about reading the whole time I have been working on my book, and now I will be folding some higher end stuff into the fold.
The premise, based on my love of Nabokov, and his inability to speak in public, is that I have three books, which are lectures he delivered while teaching college. They include Lectures on Western Literature, Lectures on Russian Literature, and Lectures on Don Quixote.
Each lecture is on a specific novel, and I will be reading them all, in order, beginning with Mansfield Park by jane Austen.
The complete listing is:
Lectures on Western Literature
- Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
- Bleak House, by Charles Dickens
- Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Walk By Swann’s Place, by Marcel Proust
- The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
- Ulysses, by James Joyce
Lectures on Russian Literature (includes novels and short stories)
- Dead Souls, by Nikolay Gogol
- "The Overcoat", by Nikolay Gogol
- Fathers and Sons, by Ivan Turgenev
- Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevski
- Memoirs from a Mousehole, by Fyodor Dostoevski
- The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoevski
- The Possessed, by Fyodor Dostoevski
- Anna Karenin, by Leo Tolstoy
- The Death of Ivan Ilych, by Leo Tolstoy
- "The Lady with the Little Dog", by Anton Chekhov
- "In The Gully", by Anton Chekhov
- "The Seagull", by Anton Chekhov
- "On The Rafts," by Maxim Gorki
So, the plan is to read these in this order, followed by Don Quixote, which has its own book.
Each bulleted item will get its own blog entry, less about the book than what Nabokov discussed and I learned.
There is also a Nabokov MFA category on this blog now, so at a future date and starting with this entry, you will be able to find all of these entries easily.
I will be reading some other recent works between these as palate-cleansers, too. Need to read from this century too once in a while.