"An unmitigated delight. There’s something immensely appealing about the Nabokovs as a family unit, their lives centered on the production of the great man’s work--which Dmitri translated and VÃ©ra abetted in a thousand ways--but also buoyed by mutual admiration. Like Stacy Schiff, Mr. Roper writes about them with warmth and humor, in a relaxed yet snappy style . . . A stimulating book, and not just because of Mr. Roper’s amiable manner and lively prose." —Wall Street Journal
"Roper, rather stunningly, puts Nabokov, the Russian emigre, fully in America . . . One of the best of all biographical studies of the author." —Editor's Choice,Buffalo News
"Fascinating. . . A persuasive case for the essential role America played [in] the gyroscopic spin of Nabokov’s later career." —Michiko Kakutani,The New York Times
"Nabokov in Americais rewarding on all counts, as biography, as photo album (there are many pictures of people, Western landscapes and motels) and as appreciative criticism. Not least, Roper even avoids the arch style so often adopted by critics faintly trying to emulate their inimitable subject." —Washington Post
"A learned, intense, and yet approachable book . . . Roper provides a powerful argument for the role America played in shaping one of the 20th century’s literary giants." —Boston Globe
"In this enjoyable new biography of his American years, [Roper] follows the author ofLolitaandPale Fire on a 20-year journey across America . . . A fresh look at Nabokov's writing and literary associations, including his contentious friendship with Edmund Wilson. It's a great read." —San Jose Mercury News
"Compelling and oddly comic, this tale of the Nabokovs and their life in America is fascinating reading . . . Roper has done a crisp and inspired job exploring this momentous literary figure and his place as a strange piece of 20th-century Americana." —starred review,Library Journal
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