Nabokov's Blues

Nabokov's Blues

The Scientific Odyssey of A Literary Genius

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A biography of the writer and butterfly expert who published a radical new classification scheme for a diverse group called Blues

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Russian-American writer Nabokov (1899-1977) is widely known for his fiction, but the focus here is on what has turned out to be his significant contribution to the study of butterflies in the 1940s. He was particularly expert in the diverse group called Blues, and in 1945 published a radical new classification scheme for them. Johnson, a lepidopterist who made field discoveries confirming Nabokov's findings, and New York Times editor Coates combine biography, the place of butterflies in his fiction, biogeography, evolution, and the worldwide crisis in ecology and biodiversity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Zoland Books, 1999
ISBN: 9781581950090
Branch Call Number: B NAB
Characteristics: xii. 372 p. : ill, maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Coates, Steven L. 1955-


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morrisonist Dec 26, 2015

I was so pleased to see this. you rarely get to see so fine of a book about the role of insects in literature!

Jul 02, 2015

Some of Nabokov's finest work here.


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