Containing Multitudes Since 2004
Just look at that cheerful mug.He was so much smarter and better educated than most people that when he ran across someone who knew more than he did, he had a hard time admitting it. One factor in the death of his long friendship with Nabokov, a native Russian speaker, was that he would try to correct the fine points of N's Russian.
I understand he also criticized Nabokov's translation of Alexander Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, calling it "eccentric".He strikes me as the kind of guy who wouldn't want me dating his daughter.
If you got her into bed, he'd've critiqued that, too, with how you were doing it wrong.
I can take criticism. I just wouldn't like having my ineptitude trumpeted all over the scholarly journals...
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