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His actual namesake was Alexander Nikolaevich Strannoliubsky: a notable pedagogue and mathematics teacher whose most outstanding student was the renowned mathematician Sof 'ia Kovalevsky. 23 In addition to his personal fatidic dates, Nabokov at times encodes his presence through important familial dates, such as the birth years of his dear ones. An example of this kind of fatidic date use can be found in Invitation to a Beheading. In the novel's episode of the supper held before the scheduled execution, there is mention of ``a white rose that distinctly adorned his [Cincinnatus's] place'' (IB, 182 20 gavriel shapiro [ch.
Nothing is sweeter or stranger than to ponder those ®rst thrills. 11 When it came to the art of autobiography, Nabokov and Spender, appear, in fact, to have disagreed on virtually every aspect of it. Comparing these two works published the same year can, I believe, serve as an excellent catalyst for revealing Nabokov's artistic intent in Speak, Memory and for re-assessing the writer's unique contributions to the genre of self-writing. If prior to writing their autobiographies (Nabokov started his in 1946, Spender in 1947) Nabokov and Spender had sought a common de®nition of ``autobiography,'' they probably would have read some- Vladimir Nabokov and the art of autobiography 39 thing like this: ``Facts are as necessary to autobiography as they are to biography .
12]). ) A red-and-blue ball is rolling through the pages of Invitation to a Beheading. If we take into account the narrator's emotional involvement in the fate of the protagonist, whom he calls ``my poor little Cincinnatus'' and whom he occasionally admonishes against oncoming danger by imploring him to ``be careful'' (IB, 65 [ch. 5] and 155 [ch. 41 The authorial presence is also manifest in The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, in the narrator's remark that ``[t]he child came up to me and silently showed me a new red-and-blue pencil'' (RLSK, 140 [ch.