Charles Nicol (born 1940) is known primarily as an expert on the life and works of author Vladimir Nabokov, 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
Nicol has been publishing on Nabokov since 1967. In 1970 he completed a PhD at Bowling Green State University with a dissertation on Vladimir Nabokov. He was elected president of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society twice (including as its first president). In 1984 he became a Fulbright senior lecturer.
He has written for The American Spectator, The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, Harper's Magazine, The National Review, The New York Times, The Saturday Review, Science Fiction Studies, and The Washington Post.
- 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)
- "Charles Nicol Nabokov articles from Google Scholar".
- Charles Nicol: Buzzwords and Dorophonemes. How Words Proliferate and Things Decay in Ada. In: Gavriel Shapiro: Nabokov at Cornell. Ithaca, N.Y. 2003
- Nicol, Charles David. Types of Formal Structure in Selected Novels of Vladimir Nabokov. Ph.D. thesis, Bowling Green State University, 1970.
- "UNZ Available Works by Charles Nicol".
- "Mark Twain's Alchemy". Chicago Tribune. 1993-06-20.
- "Harper's Articles by Charles Nicol".
- Nicol, Charles (1988-05-01). "Thinking Gives Eugene A Headache". The New York Times.
- "Science Fiction Studies articles by Charles Nicol".