[The Nabokovs] were born in St. Petersburg — he in 1899, she in 1902 — and both were de-citizened by revolution in 1917. Before their marriage in 1925, Vladimir, following a tradition among Russian litterateurs, handed over an intercourse résumé. Here’s everybody. It contained twenty-eight names.I had never heard of such a tradition. Does it continue, or is there a modern counterpart? (Googling the two words leads one wildly astray...)
27 January 2016
An "intercourse resume"
I was reading in my recent issue of Harper's a review of a new book of the letters Vladimir Nabokov wrote to his wife over the course of a 50-year marriage. I was startled by the following casual observation: