Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1899. After studying French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, he launched his literary career in Berlin and Paris, writing innovative fiction, verse, and drama in his native Russian. In 1940 he moved to America, where he wrote some of his greatest works, including Lolita (1955), Pnin (1957), and Pale Fire (1962). He died in Switzerland in 1977. Gennady Barabtarlo is professor of literature at the University of Missouri and the author of a number of books on Nabokov. Barabtarlo has also translated into Russian three of Nabokov's novels and all of his English-language short stories. He lives in Columbia, Missouri.