Monday, March 11, 2013


Let Us Not Kid Ourselves

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Lectures on Literature, Vol. I (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980), p. 125 (on Flaubert's Madame Bovary):
Let us not kid ourselves; let us remember that literature is of no practical value whatsoever, except in the very special case of somebody's wishing to become, of all things, a professor of literature.

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