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06/22/2010 09:54 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Nabokov Marginalia: Author Graded New Yorker Stories, Gave A+ Only To Salinger And Himself

Nabokov was also a professor of literature, and in his copy of the New Yorker anthology he gave every story a letter grade. The way he wrote each grade in the table of contents next to the story's title carried the authority of one who expects that hearts will soar or plummet at the sight of his boldly printed capital.

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