Timofey Pnin, Vladimir Nabokov, and Marc Szeftel

@article{Diment1996TimofeyPV,
  title={Timofey Pnin, Vladimir Nabokov, and Marc Szeftel},
  author={Galya Diment},
  journal={Nabokov Studies},
  year={1996},
  volume={3},
  pages={53 - 75}
}
The name of Marc Szeftel, a Russian historian and Nabokov's long-time colleague at Cornell University, has been familiar to many Nabokov specialists because he has often been cited as the prototype for one of Nabokov's most memorable protagonists, Timofey Pnin. Both Andrew Field and Brian Boyd in their biographies of the writer made direct connections between Pnin and Szeftel, Andrew Field claiming that Nabokov actually confessed to him ("while riding in the elevator of the Montreux Palace"2… 
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