Nabokov wants final unfinished work destroyed

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Nabokov wants final unfinished work destroyed

Postby pengwenn » Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:53 am

Nabokov wants final unfinished work destroyed. Do you agree with this? What do you think?
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Postby jt752 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:33 pm

Is it his work?
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Postby timberline » Sat Feb 09, 2008 11:51 am

This is a fascinating question, and I'm torn between yes and no. A writer's--or artist's or composer's--less successful work is often as instructive as his/her best. I thought the other day of all the crap that's on my hard drive and what my family would find if Iwent under the wheels of a truck.

I'm all for letting everything remain for posterity. My heirs will decide, according to their own sensibilities, what survives. However, I've inculcated in them a healthy sense that their forebears have achieved a kind of immortality--with all their warts and wrinkles--by my posting their diaries and lectures and pictures on a variety of Web sites.
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Postby LizGrayson » Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:03 am

I dunno.... I guess to keep the story from possibly being completed by someone who has no idea how he wanted it to be finished, it would make sense to destroy it.

On the other hand, that's a piece of your family history. I can see why it would be difficult to just set a match to it and let it burn.
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Postby pierangeli » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:39 pm

Smart man. My unfinished work is not worth buying. It's not instructive. It's self-indulgent.

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