`I am almost exclusively a writer, and my style is all I have', wrote Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977). Best known for his deeply controversial 1955 novel Lolita, Nabokov is celebrated as a prolific author and poet in both Russian and English. In Vladimir Nabokov, Barbara Wyllie presents a comprehensive account of the life and works of the writer, from his childhood and earliest stories in pre-revolutionary Russia, to The Original of Laura - a novel to be published posthumously, and for the first time, in November 2009.
Barbara Wyllie is Deputy Editor of The Slavonic and East European Review. She is the author of Nabokov at the Movies: Film Perspectives in Fiction, and has contributed to many works, including The Cambridge Companion to Nabokov and the Reference Guide to Russian Literature.