Poems and Problems


Poems and Problems Modern First Edition

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(1970). 8vo. 1st edition. With Morris Bishop's bookplate to front paste-down. Small spot of discoloration to topstain near spine. Very slight rubbing and a couple of very mild superficial scratches and creases to d.j. Slight edgewear to top of d.j. NF/NF. The juxtaposition of poetry and chess problems in this book may at first seem incongruous, until one takes into account its author. Nabokov approaches language as a great puzzle, in which each phrase is a solution distinguishable by its unimprovable grace. Like the chess problem, the poem (and the translation) sets out to perform a certain task in a few deft moves. It is the choice of those movements wherein lies the art.

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