I had the coolest class today. Met with an archive librarian and she showed us all the Nabokov related collections we have.
There were letters to publishers, derogatory comments on the annotated Lolita published by a former student and sometime friend, drawings to his wife, books from personal collection, the exact book of poems he would read at his author readings complete with notes, timing, and underlines for accents.
Apparently he would alway go over line by line after his books were published and write notes about all the mistakes he could find. Stuff like this russian word in line 14 of page 236 should be in Romans and not italicized like it was in the main galleys.
This is a letter from Nabokov to Morris bishop talking about how he isn't concerned about the "irate Paterfamilies" who are in outrage against Lolita. He has a cool simple signature. I wish my name started with a V so I could do a sloppy signature for credit cards.
Nabokovs office here
The office right across. Lol
Apparently we have the largest Joyce (bought 12 large crates of personal documents for 30 grand from his brother in like the 40s whereas today one letter could be worth 100grand), John Wyndham, ford Maddox ford collection, and a bunch of other things like documents on the French revolution, hop hop, and I can't remember.
There was also this leather bound notebook on notes taken on Nabokovs european literature class taken by a very studious student because apparently Nabokov was a tough grader an had exam questions on obscure details of books because he wanted his students to learn how to read an part of it was noticing the little details writers put in like colors of things or atmosphere. There was a drawing of the cockroach from metamorphosis because apparently the cockroach was a specific variety
Never thought libraries and librarians could be so cool.