Thursday, April 24, 2008
The Original of Laura to be published
I don't know how many of you have been following this controversy, but I've just heard bits and pieces around the blogging world. Nabokov had left instructions for his last manuscript to be burned upon his death. For years, his son had been trying to decide whether to follow his father's wishes or to publish the manuscript. After much debate, it looks like he's decided to publish it after all. I guess I can see both sides of this debate, but I think I would have had to respect my father's wishes -- well sort of. I don't think I could have burned the manuscript, but I wouldn't publish it either. I would have kept it in the family. Of course, I know after my death, someone could still decide to publish it. So, I don't guess there are any easy answers. But, I do know that there are many who will be anxious to check it out as soon as this book hits the store shelves.