Vladimir Nabokov

Nabokov in [[Montreux]], Switzerland, 1973 Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov , .}} ( ; 2 July 1977), also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin (), was a Russian-American novelist, poet, translator, and entomologist. Born in Russia, he wrote his first nine novels in Russian (1926–1938) while living in Berlin, where he met his wife. He achieved international acclaim and prominence after moving to the United States and beginning to write in English. Nabokov became an American citizen in 1945 and lived mostly on the East Coast before he returned to Europe in 1961, settling in Montreux, Switzerland.

From 1948 to 1959, Nabokov was Professor of Russian Literature at Cornell University.

Nabokov's 1955 novel ''Lolita'' ranked fourth on Modern Library's list of the 100 Best Novels in 2007; ''Pale Fire'' (1962) was 53rd on the same list. Nabokov's memoir, ''Speak, Memory'' (1951), has been considered among the greatest nonfiction of the 20th century, placing eighth spot on publisher Random House's list. Nabokov was a seven-time finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction.

Nabokov was also an expert lepidopterist and composer of chess problems. Provided by Wikipedia
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