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October 9, 2012

Poe, Nabokov, “Annabel Lee”

Edgar Allan Poe

On this day in 1849 Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee” was published, just two days after his death: “It was many and many a year ago, / In a kingdom by the sea, / That a maiden there lived whom you may know / By the name of Annabel Lee. . . .” Many and many a year after that, Nabokov would take “Kingdom by the Sea” as his first title for Lolita and make Annabel Leigh his first nymphet.

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