Haughty Vladimir Nabokov
There is an opinion that Vladimir Nabokov did so well in the West as a writer due to the fact that from early childhood he was raised exactly as an Englishman. About the family in which he grew up, they said that she was exclusively Angloman. To the extent that the children there were first taught to speak and write in English, and only after that - in Russian.
Nabokov was indicative of English in everything. They dressed and even sat at the table only in English. Leisure was also typically Angloman - that is, tennis, chess and boxing. The house had a bath and a telephone was carried. Because it is so accepted by the noble Englishmen. A future writer at home in the English manner was called Lodi.
Nabokovs had a huge library in which there were about 11 thousand books, including many scientific ones. Especially in terms of entomology, which the writer's father was very fond of and instilled passion in his son.
But from such a sharply anglicised restraint of family members was perceived by many as coldness, arrogance and snobbery.Later, Nabokov will often be blamed for the fact that he despises people and often looks at them with the utterly cold curiosity of the entomologist. He will not recognize his acquaintances, will confuse their names, publicly mock at those who treated him with sympathy.
But on the other hand, Nabokov, most likely, turned out to be so successful in emigration precisely because he diligently persecuted everything that was Russian. Up to the literature. They say that he considered Dostoevsky the most Russian writer and forbade him to read to his students, to the extent that he tore his books if they came across to him in the audience.