1899 – Born on the 23rd of April in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Russian novelist.
1919 – He enrolled in Trinity College,Cambridge.
1922 – He taught English and tennis, as well as composing crossword puzzles for the Russian emigré newspaper, Rul, and gained a reputation as a fiction writer (in Russian) under the pen name, V Sirin.
1923 – He graduated from Cambridge and relocated to Berlin.
1925 – He married Véra Slonim in Berlin on April 15th.
1940 – He moved to Paris, then fleeing the Nazis he emigrated to the USA with his wife and child.
1941 – He served as a resident lecturer in comparative literature.
– He taught at Stanford and at Wellesley, and as an authority on butterflies he became a research fellow in entomology at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.
1945 – He became a Naturalized Citizen of the United States.
1955 – He is most widely known for his novel, Lolita, conveying the infatuation of a middle-aged man with a 12-year-old girl.
1977 – He died on July 2nd in Montreux, Switzerlsnd.
– With the financial security that followed the success of this novel and several later books, he retired from teaching and settled at the Palace Hotel in Montreux, Switzerland, and continued issuing his literary works and pronouncements until his death.