FIRST EDITION OF NABOKOV’S “BRILLIANT CONFECTION,” PALE FIRE
NABOKOV, Vladimir. Pale Fire. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, (1962). Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition of this “witty, ironic and complex tour de force” (Hart, 521).
“This brilliant parody of literary scholarship is also an experimental synthesis of Nabokov’s talents for both poetry and prose. It extends and completes his mastery of unorthodox structure” (Encyclopedia of Literature, 851). “Nabokov’s true joy is the amassing of bits of colored glass, strangely shaped stones, old customs, weird words… Pale Fire is a brilliant confection” (Burgess, 99 Novels, 87). Field 0873.
Book fine, dust jacket very nearly so with only minor rubbing to extremities.