Alphabet in color / Vladimir Nabokov ; as interpreted by Jean Holabird ; foreword by Brian Boyd.

by Boyd, Brian, 1952-Looking glass.

Publisher: Corte Madera, CA : Gingko Press, Inc., 2005.Edition: First edition.Description: 40 unnumbered pages: 18 x 24 cm.ISBN: 1584231394.Other title: Vladimir Nabokov : alphabet in color.Uniform titles: Speak, memory. Selections.Subject(s): Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977Looking glass | Holabird, JeanLooking glass | Authors, Russian -- 20th century -- BiographyLooking glass | Authors, American -- 20th century -- BiographyLooking glass | ColorNote: "This work is an excerpt from Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited Copyright 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, (c) 1967 by Vladimir Nabokov"--CIP.
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Jean Holabird's unique interpretation of the alphabets of literary great, Vladimir Nabokov, is a visual masterpiece. Nabokov had synesthesia, a condition that causes the neurological mixing of the senses so that people who have this condition may hear colors, see sounds, and taste sensations, responses common but not exclusive to autism and the effects of hallucinogenic drugs. Nabokov, in a delightful passage in his autobiographical tour de force, "Speak Memory", claims that he himself "presented a fine case of colored hearing". While playing with alphabet blocks as a child he discovered that the colors were all `wrong' and later described the phenomenon as follows: "the color sensation seems to be produced by the very act of my orally forming a given letter while I imagine its outline." Of all the blocks he had played with none matched the color of his expectations. In this superb new book, artist Jean Holabird masterfully brings to life the charming and vibrant synesthetic colored letters, that up until now, only existed in Nabokov's great mind.

"This work is an excerpt from Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited Copyright 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, (c) 1967 by Vladimir Nabokov"--CIP.

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nobokov was born April 22, 1899 in St. Petersburg, Russia to a wealthy family. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge. When he left Russia, he moved to Paris and eventually to the United States in 1940. He taught at Wellesley College and Cornell University.

Nobokov is revered as one of the great American novelists of the 20th Century. Before he moved to the United States, he wrote under the pseudonym Vladimir Serin. Among those titles, were Mashenka, his first novel and Invitation to a Beheading. The first book he wrote in English was The Real Life of Sebastian Knight. He is best know for his work Lolita which was made into a movie in 1962. In addition to novels, he also wrote poetry and short stories. He was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction seven times, but never won it.

Nabokov died July 2, 1977.