Vladimir Nabokov

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On 22 April, 1899 Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg to a prominent and rich Russian family of minor nobility. The eldest of five children, Vladimir led what he called the perfect childhood. At an early age, Vladimir learned to read and write in English in addition to French and Russian. The family was forced to flee after the Bolshevik Revolution moving to Livadiya and later England for some time where Nabokov studied Slavic and Romance languages in Trinity College, Cambridge. Nabokov’s experiences at Cambridge drew inspiration for his novel, Glory.

He married Véra Evseyevna Slonim, a Jewish Russian woman who bore him their son Dmitri in 1934. Nabokov lived in Berlin for fifteen years before moving to the United States in 1940 when German troops began advancing. He also began writing Lolita in addition to various other works during this time. His extremely supportive wife did everything for him including typing, editing, proofreading, translating and driving etc. Lolita gave Nabokov immense fame and money which he used to make a return to Europe and settle as a full time writer. Nabokov died on July 2, 1977 to the hands of a severe bronchial congestion.

The Russian born Vladimir Nabokov was one of the most ingenious authors of the 20th century who is known for his originality and accomplishment as a writer. An experimental novelist, Nabokov often played with various forms of novel composition. His most famous works Lolita (1955) and Pale Fire (1962) have been ranked number four and fifty-three respectively on the list of Modern Library 100 Best Novels while his memoir Speak, Memory was ranked number eight on the Modern Library nonfiction list.



  • Flee: Run away from a place or situation of danger.
  • Proofreading: To check and review mistakes from readings.
  • Accomplishment: Something that has been achieved successfully.
  • Ranked: To classify and order (someone or something).


In your opinion, would you like to read one of his most famous readings.


  • What was his most famous reading of his career?

Session 5

Welcome to this activity created by Junior Advisor Mr. Luis Mauricio Hajj Garnica from Coapa Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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