Life and times of author, plus historical events throughout the course of his life
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, to wealthy aristocratic family. Son of Elena Ivanovna and Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov
Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand spurs Europe into all out war. Leads up to the Bolshevik Revolution.
Nabokov first publishes his writing
Series of mini revolutions that overtook Russia; most famous one "October Revolution", led by Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks. Russian dynasty overthrown and exiled.
Due to overthrow of Russian government and implementation of totalitarian communism government, the Nabokovs flee to England to start anew
Initially studied zoology, but switched to Russian and French literature. Graduated with highest honors.
Relocates after school
The elder Nabokov was murdered by two right-wing politicians whilst attempting to shield and protect the politician Pavel Miliukov.
Stock market crash not only sends America's economy plummeting, but the rest of the world's as well.
Stalin persecutes anybody he sees as a threat
Nabokov's first and only son.
Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan sign the Anti-Comintern Pact, which was directed against the Soviet Union and its international Communist movement
Nabokov hated the Nazis. By this point, Hitler was well-recognized as the leader of Germany and had risen to full power. His anti-Semitic ways also offended the Nabokovs, as Vera was Jewish.
Germany invades Poland, initiating the war. It continues to go on for nearly six more years.
Nabokov pursued his love of butterflies during this time and aided the MNA greatly with his studies (and papers)
People's Republic of China is established
Part one of US' fight against communism in Asia; ended in stalemate.
His body wasn't discovered until hours after his death because his advisers were too scared to disturb him!
Rejected by three publishers in N.America
Lolita granted Nabokov enough income and fame for him to nicely settle back in Montreux, Switzerland.
Nabokov dies of an unknown lung condition.