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There is a thorough biography of Nobokov, with photos, at http://www.libraries.psu.edu/nabokov/bio.htm. Here are bits of it:
VLADIMIR NABOKOV [vlah-DEE-mir nah-BOA-kov], 1899-1977; novelist, poet, scholar, translator, and lepidopterist.
Born 1899 into a wealthy and aristocratic family in Russia. The family spoke French, English, and Russian in their household, and this linguistic diversity would play a prominent role in VN's development as an artist.
n 1916, an uncle bequeathed VN two million dollars and a large estate. Fleeing the advance of the Red Army in April 1919, the Nabokovs traveled through Constantinople to England; the Russian Revolution deprived VN of his birthright, but inscribed upon his memory his inheritance of Russian culture.
VN enrolled in Cambridge, studied ichthyology, switched to literature. The family settled in Berlin, where VN's father was murdered by assassins who were attempting to kill the politician Pavel Miliukov. In 1925, VN married fellow émigré Véra Slonim. Their son Dmitri was born 1934. In 1937, they left Berlin for Paris due to their disgust with the Nazi regime and Mrs. Nabokov's Jewish heritage; then fled Paris for New York VN initially worked for the Museum of Natural History in New York, classifying butterflies. Later he would work at Harvard, first in an entomological capacity and later as visiting lecturer, and at Cornell, as professor of Russian and European literature, from 1948-1958.
LOLITA was published in France 1955, and generated a storm of moral outrage, as well as support for its artistic merit. Published in America in 1958, it spent six months as the number one bestseller. Profits from the sale of the novel, movie rights and a screenplay deal, enabled VN to retire from Cornell in 1959 and devote himself to writing.
In 1961, VN and Véra moved to Switzerland. VN continued to produce original novels, and directed the translation of his earlier work nto English. He died in 1977, in Montreux.