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Boyd, Brian 1952-

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On the origin of stories : evolution, cognition, and fiction by Brian Boyd( )

22 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 2,775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a 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."--Global Books in Print
Nabokov's Pale fire : the magic of artistic discovery by Brian Boyd( )

33 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and Russian and held by 2,770 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. This is a profound, provocative, and compelling reinterpretation of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century
Vladimir Nabokov : the Russian years by Brian Boyd( Book )

45 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 2,056 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
Why lyrics last : evolution, cognition, and Shakespeare's sonnets by Brian Boyd( )

16 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 2,046 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
Vladimir Nabokov : the American years by Brian Boyd( Book )

51 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 2,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Nabokov's life continues with his arrival in the United States in 1940. He found that supporting himself and his family was not easy--until the astonishing success of Lolita catapulted him to world fame and financial security
Stalking Nabokov : selected essays by Brian Boyd( )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,567 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
Letters to Véra by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov( Book )

22 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 898 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 )

17 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 666 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
Speak, memory : an autobiography revisited by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author recounts his Russian childhood, his family's flight to England in 1919, and emigre life in Paris and Berlin
Verses and versions : three centuries of Russian poetry( Book )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 477 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
Words that count : essays on early modern authorship in honor of MacDonald P. Jackson( )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 472 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
Nabokov's Ada : the place of consciousness by Brian Boyd( Book )

26 editions published between 1985 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Think, write, speak : uncollected essays, reviews, interviews, and letters to the editor by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov( Book )

12 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A rich compilation of the previously uncollected Russian and English prose and interviews of one of the 20th century's greatest writers, edited by Nabokov experts Boyd and Tolstoy."--
Novels, 1969-1974 : Ada or ardor a family chronicle, Transparent things, Look at the harlequins! by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 254 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!"
Evolution, literature, and film : a reader( Book )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 236 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."--Publisher description
Novels, 1955-1962 by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 2010 in English and held by 222 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
Vladimir Nabokov : 1. Les années russes by Brian Boyd( Book )

26 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ce premier volume est consacré à l'oeuvre en langue russe de Vladimir Nabokov
Novels and memoirs, 1941-1951 by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 152 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
Nabokov upside down( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nabokov Upside Down brings together essays that explicitly diverge from conventional topics and points of reference when interpreting a writer whose influence on contemporary literature is unrivaled. Scholars from around the world here read Nabokov in terms of bodies rather than minds, belly-laughs rather than erudite wit, servants rather than master-artists, or Asian rather than Western perspectives. The first part of the volume is dedicated to surveys of Nabokov's oeuvre that transform some long-held assumptions concerning the nature of and significance of his work. Often thought of as among the most cerebral of artists, Nabokov comes across in these essays as profoundly aware of the physical world, as evidenced by his masterly representation of physical movement, his bawdy humor, and his attention to gustatory pleasure, among other aspects of his writing. The volume's second half focuses on individual works or phases in Nabokov's career, noting connections among them as well as to other fields of inquiry beyond literature. Engaged in conversation with each other and, in his editorial comments, with Brian Boyd, the essays in this volume show Nabokov scholarship continuing to renew itself. --
Vladimir Nabokov : AlphaBet in Color by Jean Holabird( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vladimir Nabokov saw rich colors in letters and sounds and noted the deficiency of color in literature, praising Gogol as the first Russian writer to truly appreciate yellow and violet. He saw q as browner than k, and s as not the light blue of c, but a curious mixture of azure and mother-of-pearl. For anyone who has ever wondered how the colors Nabokov heard might manifest themselves visually, Alphabet in Color is a remarkable journey of discovery. Jean Holabird's interpretation of the colored alphabets of one of the twentieth century's literary greats is a revelation. The book masterfully brings to life the charming and vibrant synesthetic colored letters that until now existed only in Nabokov's mind. In Alphabet in Color Jean Holabird's grasp of form and space blends perfectly with Nabokov's idea that a subtle interaction exists between sound and shape. -- publisher's statement
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Nabokov's Pale fire : the magic of artistic discovery
Nabokov's Pale fire : the magic of artistic discoveryVladimir Nabokov : the Russian yearsVladimir Nabokov : the American yearsNabokov's butterflies : unpublished and uncollected writingsSpeak, memory : an autobiography revisitedVerses and versions : three centuries of Russian poetryWords that count : essays on early modern authorship in honor of MacDonald P. JacksonNabokov's Ada : the place of consciousness
Alternative Names
Boid Braian

Boĭd, Braĭan 1952-

Bojd, Brajan.

Bojd, Brajan 1952-

Bojd Brajana

Boyd B.

Boyd B. 1952-

Boyd, Brian

Boyd, Brian David 1952-

Brian Boyd critico letterario e docente nordirlandese

Brian Boyd literatuurcriticus uit Nieuw-Zeeland

Brian Boyd neuseeländischer Literaturwissenschaftler und Hochschullehrer

Бойд, Брайан

Бойд, Брайан 1952-

Бойд, Браян 1952-

برايان بويد

보이드, 브라이언 1952-


ボイド, ブライアン