Charles Nicol

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Charles Nicol (born 1940) is known primarily as an expert on the life and works of author Vladimir Nabokov,[1] and also writes widely on fiction (particularly science fiction and detective fiction) and popular culture. He is a retired Professor in the Department of English at Indiana State University.

Academic and Publishing History[edit]

Nicol has been publishing on Nabokov since 1967.[2] In 1970 he completed a PhD at Bowling Green State University with a dissertation on Vladimir Nabokov.[3] He was elected president of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society twice (including as its first president).[2] In 1984 he became a Fulbright senior lecturer.

He has written for The American Spectator,[4] The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune,[5] Harper's Magazine,[6] The National Review, The New York Times,[7] The Saturday Review,[4] Science Fiction Studies,[8] and The Washington Post.

Major works[edit]

  • J.E. Rivers and Charles Nicol, Nabokov's Fifth Arc: Nabokov and Others on His Life's Work (1982)
  • Charles Nicol and Gennady Barabtarlo, A small alpine form: studies in Nabokov's short fiction (1993)


  1. ^ "Charles Nicol Nabokov articles from Google Scholar". 
  2. ^ a b Charles Nicol: Buzzwords and Dorophonemes. How Words Proliferate and Things Decay in Ada. In: Gavriel Shapiro: Nabokov at Cornell. Ithaca, N.Y. 2003
  3. ^ Nicol, Charles David. Types of Formal Structure in Selected Novels of Vladimir Nabokov. Ph.D. thesis, Bowling Green State University, 1970.
  4. ^ a b "UNZ Available Works by Charles Nicol". 
  5. ^ "Mark Twain's Alchemy". Chicago Tribune. 1993-06-20. 
  6. ^ "Harper's Articles by Charles Nicol". 
  7. ^ Nicol, Charles (1988-05-01). "Thinking Gives Eugene A Headache". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ "Science Fiction Studies articles by Charles Nicol".