Alex Beam - The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship
Beam’s fourth nonfiction book is the story of what happens when two giant literary egos collide. The author of two novels about Russia, columnist and former Moscow correspondent for The Boston Globe, Beam begins his beguiling tale of the friendship between powerhouse critic Edmund Wilson and Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov in 1940, when friends of the penniless émigré petitioned Wilson to help him. The two quickly hit it off, engaging in a lively correspondence and taking trips together. But by 1964 it was over. Wilson published a scathing review of Nabokov’s translation of Eugene Onegin, Nabokov fought back in print, and the men never reconciled.