Vladimir Nabokov was born in 1899 in St Petersburg. He wrote his first literary works in Russian, but rose to international prominence as a masterly prose stylist for the novels he composed in English, most famously, Lolita. Between 1923 and 1940 he published novels, short stories, plays, poems and translations in the Russian language and established himself as one of the most outstanding Russian emigre writers. He died in 1977.
Nabokov can move you to laughter in the way that masters can - to laughter that is near to tears. * The Guardian * He did us all an honour by electing to use, and transform, our language. -- Anthony Burgess