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Nabokov's Blues: The Scientific Odyssey of a Literary Genius

Nabokov's Blues: The Scientific Odyssey of a Literary Genius
Kurt Johnson & Steve Coates
New York, NY : McGraw-Hill, 2001
QL31 .N23 J644 2001

Vladimir Nabokov, the Russian-American author of Lolita and other enduring works of fiction, had no formal training in biology, but during the 1940's was an acknowledged expert in Blues, a diverse group of butterflies inhabiting some of the remotest parts of Latin America. In 1945, while serving as curator at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology, he published a radical new classifiction of Blues, a pioneering work that would remain largely forgotten for nearly fifty years.

Part biography of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, and part scientific detective story, Nabokov's Blues explores far-reaching questions of biogeography, evolution, and the worldwide crisis in biodiversity--as well as the rich and varied place butterflies hold in Nabokov's fiction.

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