By Vladimir Nabokov
'Of all my novels this shiny brute is the gayest', Nabokov wrote of King, Queen, Knave. comedian, sensual and cerebral, it dramatizes an Oedipal love triangle, a tragi-comedy of husband, spouse and lover, via Dreyer the wealthy businessman, his ripe-lipped advert mercenary spouse Martha, and their bespectacled nephew Franz. 'If a resolute Freudian manages to slide in' - Nabokov darts a look to the reader - 'he or she will be warned variety of merciless traps were set right here and there...'
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1901 Queen Victoria dies. 1902 Barrie publishes his novel The Little White Bird, which contains an early version of Peter Pan. His play Quality Street opens at the Vaudeville Theatre in London on September 17, after premiering in New York. The Admirable Crichton, a play that probes the validity of the British class structure, is performed at the Duke of York舗s Theatre in London on November 4. A. E. W. Mason舗s The Four Feathers and Joseph Conrad舗s Heart of Darkness are published. 1903 Barrie舗s play Little Mary is performed at the Wyndham舗s Theatre in London on September 24.
Little Mary is the story of a girl named Moira (Wendy舗s full name in Peter Pan is Wendy Moira Angela Darling) who is able to cure illnesses with the aid of an invisible medium called Little Mary. Moira becomes known throughout society as the Stormy Petrel, the name of a species of seabird that is used for someone who appears at the onset of trouble. The play is quite entertaining until Moira舗s strategy is at last revealed at the end of the final act舒she has simply changed her patients舗 diets, for her grand-father had proved that we are what we eat.
In the 1954 musical production of the play (which was later filmed for television and broadcast seven times between 1955 and 1973), Mary Martin played Peter. Two major Broadway revivals starred Sandy Duncan, in the late 1970s, and gymnast Cathy Rigby, in the 1990s. In 1938 an American production cast a male, Leslie C. Gorall, as Peter Pan, and in 1952 a German production put a male in the role. The English did not break their cross-dressing tradition until 1982 when Trevor Nunn and John Caird produced their version of Peter Pan at the Barbican Theatre in London.
King, Queen, Knave (Penguin Modern Classics) by Vladimir Nabokov