Vladimir Nabokov
(1899-1977)

Died aged c. 78

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (/nəˈbɔːkəf, ˈnæbəˌkɔːf, -ˌkɒf/; Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Набо́ков, pronounced [vlɐˈdʲimʲɪr nɐˈbokəf] , also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin; 22 April [O.S. 10 April] 1899 – 2 July 1977) was a Russian-American novelist. His first nine novels were in Russian, and he achieved international prominence after he began writing English prose. Nabokov's Lolita (1955), his most noted novel in English, was ranked fourth in the list of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels; Pale Fire (1962) was ranked 53rd on the same list, and his memoir, Speak, Memory (1951), was listed eighth on the publisher's list of the 20th century's greatest nonfiction. He was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction seven times. Nabokov, like his wife, his son and several characters in his novels, was a synesthete. He was also an expert lepidopterist and composer of chess problems.

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This building was designed by architect R. M. Blackall and constructed in 1929 as Continental Hotel Apartments, a resident hotel. Vladimir Nabokov resided in apartment #10 in 1956, shortly after completing Pnin and the publication of Lolita. Nabokov completed research at Harvard on his translation of Eugene Onegin while residing at 16 Chauncy Street.

16 Chauncy Street, Watertown, MA, United States where they lived (1956) and translated a novel (1956)