ALS in French, signed “V. Nabokov,” one page, 5 x 8.5, June 13, 1976. Letter written from Montreux, Switzerland, in full (translated): "Dear friend, thank you very much for your kind words. I intend to come to London this fall and it will be a great pleasure to see you after all this time." In fine condition. Days after this letter was written, Nabokov was admitted to the Clinique Montchoisi in Lausanne, Switzerland, with an undiagnosed infection. It was during this twilight period that the author was working on his final novel, The Original of Laura, which he was unable to complete before his death at the age of 78 on July 2, 1977. The unfinished work was eventually published some three decades later on November 17, 2009.
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