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New York: Doubleday & Company, 1957. First American Edition. Hardcover. Pnin was Nabokov's 13th novel and his fourth written in English. Published a year before Lolita, the "success of Pnin in the United States launched Nabokov's career into literary prominence. Its eponymous protagonist, Timofey Pavlovich Pnin, is a Russian-born assistant professor in his 50s living in the United States, whose character is believed to be based partially on the life of both Nabokov's colleague Marc Szeftel as well as on Nabokov himself. Exiled by the Russian Revolution and what he calls the "Hitler war", Pnin teaches Russian at the fictional Waindell College, loosely inspired by Cornell University and Wellesley College—places where Nabokov himself taught." Near Fine- in Very Good+ DJ. Minor shelf/edge wear, ownership signature at ffep, else tight, bright, and unmarred; DJ light shelf wear, spine sunned, else bright and clean. Black cloth boards, white and red ink lettering. 8vo. 191pp. Item #10782

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