Ashland, Oregon???


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Ashland, Oregon???

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oct. 30, 2007, 9:02pm

On the Nabokov author profile page, it lists Ashland, Oregon as a place where Nabokov lived. Is this true?

If so, when? And why? Trying a hand at rep theater? Learning to home brew? Researching hippies?

oct. 30, 2007, 9:41pm

From Wikipedia:

Nabokov wrote his novel Lolita while travelling in the western United States. In June, 1953 he and his family came to Ashland, Oregon, renting a house on Meade Street from Professor Taylor, head of the Southern Oregon College Department of Social Science. There he finished Lolita and began writing the novel Pnin. He roamed the nearby mountains looking for butterflies, and wrote a poemLines Written in Oregon. On 1 October 1953, he and his family left for Ithaca, New York. 2

oct. 31, 2007, 10:43am

Butterflies brought him there. There is a proliferation of butterfly species in and around Mt. Ashland.

So he wrote to Edmund Wilson in the summer of 1953.

nov. 1, 2007, 1:45pm

Well, I am tickled to find this connection with my state. I haven't seen any butterflies on Mt. Ashland, that I can recall, but I'll look next time I am hiking there. And since the odds are that the house on Meade Street is now a B&B, maybe we can even stay there next time we go down for the Shakespeare Festival.

nov. 1, 2007, 1:50pm

well, i've always taken things i've read on wikipedia with a grain of salt, but yeah, i've checked up on this and Nabakov did spend the summer of 1953 in Ashland oregon. My interest is more for info on Ashland then on Nabakov, although i loved the book ...
but there is no definitive evidence of wehat he wrote during those summer months.

nov. 1, 2007, 1:56pm

163 Meade Street.

Read Nabokov's Butterflies by/co-authored w/ Robert Michael Pyle.

And if I come to visit would you help me find the Stamper Homestead from Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion, or at least a close approximation?

nov. 1, 2007, 4:47pm

The western half of Lane County is Stamper country. A drive along the Siuslaw River from Eugene to the coast -- you'd think you were living the novel.