Pale Fire Study Guide
Pale Fire study guide contains a biography of Vladimir Nabokov, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
Pale Fire has two story-lines. One story takes place in New Wye, a small New England town, and the other takes place in a foreign land called Zembla. John Shade is a poet and professor who lives in New Wye. Shade is regarded as a success within literary circles. Shade's final work is a poem called "Pale Fire." It is divided into four cantos, and Shade dies before he writes the final line (Line 1000) of the poem.
The novel, Pale Fire, includes a foreword, the text of Shade's poem, extensive commentary, and a table of contents. Charles Kinbote is the author of the foreword and commentary. Kinbote tells us that he is a literature professor. He was also Shade's next door neighbor. Kinbote comes from a country called Zembla, and he is rather…
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- Pale Fire Summary
- About Pale Fire
- Character List
- Major Themes
- Summary and Analysis of Foreword to Canto 2
- Summary and Analysis of Cantos 3-4
- Summary and Analysis of Commentary on Cantos 1-2
- Summary and Analysis of Commentary on Cantos 3-4
- Related Links on Pale Fire
- Test Yourself! - Quiz 1
- Test Yourself! - Quiz 2
- Author of ClassicNote and Sources
Pale Fire Essays and Related Content
- Pale Fire: Major Themes
- Pale Fire: Essays
- Pale Fire: Questions
- Pale Fire: Purchase the Novel and Related Material
- Vladimir Nabokov: Biography
Pale Fire aside, I think we can happily classify this man as:
Vladmir Nabakov is simply the worst thing to have ever happened to mankind, and I hope that both his ... and fans die in a fire.
Yes, that means YOU!