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Boyd, Brian 1952-

Works: 168 works in 476 publications in 6 languages and 16,518 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Experimental fiction  Novels  Drama  Screenplays  Biographies  Records and correspondence  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Annotator, Photographer, Other, Redactor
Classifications: PS3527.A15, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Brian Boyd
Vladimir Nabokov : the Russian years by Brian Boyd( Book )

108 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 3,436 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research on Nabokov's life and art, as he dates and describes the composition of all Nabokov's works, published and unpublished.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 )

20 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 996 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
Letters to Véra by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A collection of letters between Vladimir Nabokov and his wife, Vera"--
Nabokov's Pale fire : the magic of artistic discovery by Brian Boyd( Book )

23 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leads the reader step-by-step through Nabokov's Pale fire, gradually revealing the profound relationship between Nabokov's ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and metaphysics
Nabokov's butterflies : unpublished and uncollected writings by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 680 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 )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 578 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 English and German and held by 565 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
Speak, memory : an autobiography revisited by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 485 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 )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 484 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
Nabokov's Ada : the place of consciousness by Brian Boyd( Book )

25 editions published between 1985 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 217 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
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 208 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 205 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 193 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 135 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 )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 102 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. In his playful foreword, Brian Boyd, "the prince of Nabokovians", points out that an important part of "Nabokov's passion for precision was his passion for color."
Pale fire : a novel by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nabokov offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures in a 999-line poem by the reclusive genius John Shade
Vladimir Nabokov : 1. Les années russes by Brian Boyd( Book )

4 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in French and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ce premier volume est consacré à l'oeuvre en langue russe de Vladimir Nabokov
Nabokov upside down( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction / Brian Boyd -- Reflections on (and of) trees in Nabokov / Stephen H. Blackwell -- Backward, contrariwise, downside up : thinking in different directions in Nabokov / Susan Elizabeth Sweeney -- Belly and brain, mind and matter : an upside-down look at Nabokov's humor / Paul Benedict Grant -- Some foodnotes to Nabokov's works / Lara Delage-Toriel -- "I speak like a child" : orality in Nabokov / Monica Manolescu -- Doubled vision : autoscopic phenomena in Nabokov's fiction / Naomi Olson -- Restoration or regression? The lure of the past in Nabokov's fiction / Julian W. Connolly -- Masters and servants : upstairs and downstairs in Nabokov / Galya Diment -- On pity and courtesy in Nabokov's ethics / Dana Dragunoiu -- Nabokov and Hearn : where the transatlantic imagination meets the transpacific imagination / Shun'ichiro Akikusa -- "And if my private universe scans right . . . " : the semantics of meter in Nabokov's poetry- and worldview / Stanislav Shvabrin -- In search of the real poet : Nabokov's Pushkin essay revisited / David Rampton -- Nabokov for those who hate him : the curious case of Pnin / Robert Alter -- "My poet's fiery orb" : "Pale fire" and its creative context / R. S. Gwynn -- From Onegin to Ada : Nabokov and the transnational imperative / Marijeta Bozovic -- Turning the myth upside down : from Humbert and Lo to Hubert and Flo, or, Reading the particulars / Yannicke Chupin -- Afterword / Brian Boyd
Declaration of Independence; The Evolution of the Text as Shown in Facsimiles of Various Drafts by Its Author( )

1 edition published in 1943 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Vladimir Nabokov : the Russian years
Alternative Names
Boĭd, Braĭan 1952-

Bojd, Brajan.

Bojd, Brajan 1952-

Boyd B.

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 writingsSpeak, memory : an autobiography revisitedVerses and versions : three centuries of Russian poetryNabokov's Ada : the place of consciousnessEvolution, literature, and film : a readerWords that count : essays on early modern authorship in honor of MacDonald P. Jackson