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Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for biography and hailed by critics as both monumental(The Boston Globe) and utterly romantic(New Yorkmagazine), Stacy SchiffsVra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov)brings to shimmering life one of the greatest literary love stories of our time. Vladimir Nabokovthe migr author ofLolita; Pale Fire;andSpeak, Memorywrote his books first for himself, second for his wife, Vra, and third for no one at all.
Without my wife,he once noted, I wouldnt have written a single novel.Set in prewar Europe and postwar America, spanning much of the century, the story of the Nabokovsfifty-two-year marriage reads as vividly as a novel. Vra, both beautiful and brilliant, is its outsized heroinea woman who loves as deeply and intelligently as did the great romantic heroines of Austen and Tolstoy. Stacy Schiff'sVrais a triumph of the biographical form.