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Nabokov's Blues : The Scientific Odyssey of a Literary Genius - Kurt Johnson

Nabokov's Blues

The Scientific Odyssey of a Literary Genius

Paperback Published: 19th March 2001
ISBN: 9780071373302
Number Of Pages: 372

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"This insidiously charming book teaches readers about the place of lepidoptery in the life sciences and the kinds of questions that natural scientists seek to answer....Like Nabokov himself, this volume exemplifies some of the virtues shared by art and science: wit, intelligence, and, above all, meticulousness."---The New Yorker

"Charming...In a world that often separates science and culture like church and state, this book reminds us that, for Nabokov, butterflies helped shape 'a habitual way of looking at the world' that was ultimately conducive to great literature and to great lepidoptery alike."---New York Times Book Review

..".a grand book: erudite, generous, and wise. It is written with a grace and intelligence worthy of its eponymous subject."---Boston Globe

"Readers with a taste for science and literature will love this book, which is both entertaining and polymathically informative--rather like the English/Russian, naturalist/novelist/scholar/artist Nabokov himself."---Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The Aurelian
The Most Famous Lepidopterist in the Worldp. 3
A Tricky Subjectp. 29
A Legendary Landp. 56
Lumpers and Splittersp. 83
A Life in Lepidopteryp. 110
The Searchers
Scientists and Strategyp. 139
The Incorrigible Continentp. 164
The Vertical Landscapep. 185
Finding the Frontiersp. 208
Dancing with Firep. 229
Nabokov's Blues
The Codep. 259
The Race to Name Nabokov's Bluesp. 277
Literature and Lepidopterap. 291
Darwin's Finches--Nabokov's Bluesp. 315
Afterwordp. 340
A Glossary of Binomial and Common Nabokovian Butterfly Namesp. 341
Nabokov's Scientific Publications on Blue Butterfliesp. 347
Principal Academic Publications Completing Nabokov's Work on Neotropical Bluesp. 348
General Bibliographyp. 349
Indexp. 357
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ISBN: 9780071373302
ISBN-10: 0071373306
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 19th March 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.32  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Type: New edition