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Boyd, Brian 1952-

Works: 160 works in 428 publications in 5 languages and 15,894 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Experimental fiction  Novels  Drama  Screenplays  Records and correspondence  History  Personal correspondence 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Annotator, Photographer, Redactor, Other
Classifications: PS3527.A15, 813.54
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Most widely held works by Brian Boyd
Vladimir Nabokov : the Russian years by Brian Boyd( Book )

70 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 3,356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This first major critical biography of Vladimir Nabokov, one of the greatest of twentieth-century writers, finally allows us full access to the dramatic details of his life and the depths of his art. An intensely private man, Nabokov was uprooted first by the Russian Revolution and then by World War II. Transformed into a permanent wanderer, he did not achieve fame until late in life, with the success of Lolita. In this first of two volumes, Brian Boyd vividly describes the liberal milieu of the aristocratic Nabokovs, their escape from Russia, Nabokov's education at Cambridge, and the murder of his father in Berlin. Boyd then turns to the years that Nabokov spent, impoverished, in Germany and France, until the coming of Hitler forced him to flee, with wife and son, to the United States. This volume stands on its own as a fascinating exploration of Nabokov's Russian years and Russian worlds, prerevolutionary and e;migre;. In the course of his ten years' work on the biography, Boyd traveled along Nabokov's trail everywhere from Yalta to Palo Alto. The only scholar to have had free access to the Nabokov archives in Montreux and the Library of Congress, he also interviewed at length Nabokov's family and scores of his friends and associates. For the general reader, Boyd offers an introduction to Nabokov the man, his works, and his world. For the specialist, he provides a basis for all future research on Nabokov's life and art, as he dates and describes the composition of all Nabokov's works, published and unpublished. Boyd investigates Nabokov's relation to and his independence from his time, examines the special structures of his mind and thought, and explains the relations between his philosophy and his innovations of literary strategy and style. At the same time he provides succinct introductions to all the fiction, dramas, memoirs, and major verse presents detailed analyses of the major books that break new ground for the scholar, while providing easy paths into the works for other readers and shows the relationship between Nabokov's life and the themes and subjects of his art
On the origin of stories : evolution, cognition, and fiction by Brian Boyd( Book )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprehensive account of the evolutionary origins of art and storytelling. Brian Boyd explains why we tell stories, how our minds are shaped to understand them, and what difference an evolutionary understanding of human nature makes to stories we love. Art is a specifically human adaptation, Boyd argues. It offers tangible advantages for human survival: our fondness for storytelling has sharpened social cognition, encouraged cooperation, and fostered creativity. After considering art as adaptation, Boyd examines a.o. Homer's Odyssey. What triggers our emotional engagement with these works? What patterns facilitate our responses? The need to hold an audience's attention, Boyd underscores, is the fundamental problem facing all storytellers. Enduring artists arrive at solutions that appeal to cognitive universals. The study embraces a Darwinian view of human nature and art, and offers a credo for a new humanism. Bespreking van Anita Twaalfhoven in: Boekman.22(2010)82(voorjaar.111) en bespreking in NRC Handelsblad 18-9-2009
Nabokov's Pale fire : the magic of artistic discovery by Brian Boyd( Book )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pale Fire is regarded by many as Vladimir Nabokov's masterpiece. The novel has been hailed as one of the most striking early examples of postmodernism and has become a famous test case for theories about reading because of the apparent impossibility of deciding between several radically different interpretations. Does the book have two narrators, as it first appears, or one? How much is fantasy and how much is reality? Whose fantasy and whose reality are they? Brian Boyd, Nabokov's biographer and hitherto the foremost proponent of the idea that Pale Fire has one narrator, John Shade, now rejects this position and presents a new and startlingly different solution that will permanently shift the nature of critical debate on the novel. Boyd argues that the book does indeed have two narrators, Shade and Charles Kinbote, but reveals that Kinbote had some strange and highly surprising help in writing his sections. In light of this interpretation, Pale Fire now looks distinctly less postmodern - and more interesting than ever. In presenting his arguments, Boyd shows how Nabokov designed Pale Fire for readers to make surprising discoveries on a first reading and even more surprising discoveries on subsequent readings by following carefully prepared clues within the novel. Boyd leads the reader step-by-step through the book, gradually revealing the profound relationship between Nabokov's ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and metaphysics. If Nabokov has generously planned the novel to be accessible on a first reading and yet to incorporate successive vistas of surprise, Boyd argues, it is because he thinks a deep generosity lies behind the inexhaustibility, complexity, and mystery of the world. Boyd also shows how Nabokov's interest in discovery springs in part from his work as a scientist and scholar, and draws comparisons between the processes of readerly and scientific discovery
Letters to Véra by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A collection of letters between Vladimir Nabokov and his wife, Vera"--
Nabokov's butterflies : unpublished and uncollected writings by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Literature and Lepidoptera dance an elaborate pas de deux through seventy years of Vladimir Nabokov's life, from his boyhood in Russia to his life as an emigre in the Crimea, Berlin, France, the United States, and finally in Switzerland. An American literary giant, Nabokov also produced first-rate work as a scientist, and in his fiction and elsewhere eloquently advocated attention to the details of the natural world and promoted the delights of discovery." "Nabokov's Butterflies presents Nabokov's twin passions through an astonishingly rich array of novel selections, stories, poems, screenplay, autobiography, criticism, lecturers, articles, reviews, interviews, letters, and notes, plus a wealth of beautiful and fanciful drawings by Nabokov and photographs of him in the field."--Jacket
Stalking Nabokov : selected essays by Brian Boyd( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boyd confronts Nabokov's life, career, and legacy; his art, science, and thought; his subtle humor and puzzle-like storytelling; his complex psychological portraits; and his inheritance from, reworking of, and affinities with Shakespeare, Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Machado de Assis. Boyd offers new ways of reading Nabokov's best English-language works: Lolita, Pale Fire, Ada, and the unparalleled autobiography, Speak, Memory, and he discloses otherwise unknown information about the author's world. Sharing his personal reflections, Boyd recounts the adventures, hardships, and revelations of researching Nabokov's biography and his unusual finds in the archives, including materials still awaiting publication. The first to focus on Nabokov's metaphysics, Boyd cautions against their being used as the key to unlock all of the author's secrets, showing instead the many other rooms in Nabokov's castle of fiction that need exploring, such as his humor, narrative invention, and psychological insight into characters and readers alike. Appreciating Nabokov as novelist, memoirist, poet, translator, scientist, and individual, Boyd helps us understand more than ever the author's multifaceted genius
Why lyrics last : evolution, cognition, and Shakespeare's sonnets by Brian Boyd( Book )

14 editions published in 2012 in 3 languages and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that lyric making is universal across cultures, and uses the example of Shakespeare's "Sonnets" to showcase the human disposition to play with lyrical patterns
Verses and versions : three centuries of Russian poetry( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"VLADIMIR NABOKOV was hailed by Salman Rushdie as the most important writer ever to cross the boundary between one language and another. A Russian émigré who began writing in English after his forties, Nabokov was a trilingual author, equally competent in Russian, English, and French. A gifted and tireless translator, he bridged the gap between languages nimbly and joyously. Here, collected for the first time in one volume as Nabokov always wished, are his English translations of Russian verse, presented next to the Russian originals and accompanied by brillant, brief portraits of the poets. Here, also, are some of his notes on the dangers and thrills of translation. With an introduction by Brian Boyd, author of Vladimir Nabokov, a prize-winning two volume biography, Verses and Versions is a momentous and authoritative contribution to Nabokov's literary legacy."--Jacket
Speak, memory; an autobiography revisited by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A personal recollections ranging from St. Petersburg to St. Nazaire in Russia from 1903 to 1940. An interesting read with photos
Nabokov's Ada : the place of consciousness by Brian Boyd( Book )

25 editions published between 1985 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolution, literature, and film : a reader( Book )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Featuring thirty-nine essential essays by pioneering scholars, scientists, and critics, Evolution, Literature, and Film opens with an introduction to the principles of evolution, with essays from Charles Darwin on the logic of natural selection, Richard Dawkins on the genetic revolution of modern evolutionary theory, Edward O. Wilson on the unity of knowledge, Steven Pinker on the transformation of psychology into an explanatory science, and David Sloan Wilson on the integration of evolutionary theory into cultural critique. Later sections include essays on the adaptive function of the arts, discussions of evolutionary literary theory and film theory, interpretive commentaries on specific works of literature and film, and analyses using empirical methods to explore literary problems. Texts under the microscope include folk- and fairy tales; Homer's Iliad; Shakespeare's plays; works by William Wordsworth, Charles Dickens, Emily Brontë, and Zora Neale Hurston; narratives in sci-fi, comics, and slash fiction; and films from Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. Each essay explains the contribution of evolution to a study of the human mind, human behavior, culture, and art
Words that count : essays on early modern authorship in honor of MacDonald P. Jackson( Book )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Words That Count contributes to ongoing debates about the nature and identity of authorship in early modern England. With its discussion of solo plays and verse, close and distant two-person collaborations, and multi-author collaborations, it widens our understanding of the varied authorial and theatrical practice of the period from the late 1580s to the early 1620s. At the same time, the volume examines the relation of internal and external evidence, and demonstrates old and new methodological principles and research tools that can identify and analyze objective data to ascertain individual and collaborative authorship and thereby launch new volleys of critical questions."--Jacket
Novels, 1969-1974 : Ada or ardor a family chronicle, Transparent things, Look at the harlequins! by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov( Book )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume three of a three volume set collecting the works of Russian author Vladimir Nabokov, written after his emigration to the United States, between 1969 and 1974. Includes "Ada," "Transparent Things," and "Look at the Harlequins!"
Novels, 1955-1962 : Lolita, Pnin, Pale fire, Lolita a screenplay by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov( Book )

7 editions published between 1984 and 2010 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume two of a three volume set collecting the works of Russian author Vladimir Nabokov, written after his emigration to the United States between 1955 and 1962
Novels and memoirs, 1941-1951 : The real life of Sebastian Knight, Bend sinister, Speak memory, an autobiography revisited by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume one of a three volume set collecting the works of Russian author Vladimir Nabokov, written after his emigration to the United States in 1940
Vladimir Nabokov : AlphaBet in Color by Jean Holabird( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pale fire : a novel by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nabokov offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures in a 999-line poem by the reclusive genius John Shade
Œuvres romanesques complètes by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in French and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vladimir Nabokov : 1. Les années russes by Brian Boyd( Book )

3 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in French and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ce premier volume est consacré à l'oeuvre en langue russe de Vladimir Nabokov
Vladimir Nabokov by Brian Boyd( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in French and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lorqu'en mai 1940, à Saint-Nazaire, Nabokov, échappant à l'occupation de la France, s'embarque pour New York, c'est un écrivain russe accompli, considéré comme le plus grand espoir de sa génération. Vingt ans plus tard on saluera en lui le plus grand écrivain américain vivant
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Vladimir Nabokov : the Russian years
Alternative Names
Boĭd, Braĭan 1952-

Bojd, Brajan.

Bojd, Brajan 1952-

Boyd B. 1952-

Boyd, Brian David 1952-

Brian Boyd critico letterario e docente nordirlandese

Brian Boyd literatuurcriticus uit Nieuw-Zeeland

Бойд, Брайан

Бойд, Брайан 1952-

Бойд, Браян 1952-

보이드, 브라이언 1952-

ボイド, ブライアン

On the origin of stories : evolution, cognition, and fictionNabokov's Pale fire : the magic of artistic discoveryNabokov's butterflies : unpublished and uncollected writingsVerses and versions : three centuries of Russian poetrySpeak, memory; an autobiography revisitedNabokov's Ada : the place of consciousnessEvolution, literature, and film : a readerWords that count : essays on early modern authorship in honor of MacDonald P. Jackson