Mademoiselle O

"Mademoiselle O" is a memoir by Vladimir Nabokov about his eccentric Swiss-French governess.

Publication history[]

It was first written and published in French in Mesures (vol. 2, no. 2, 1936)[1] and subsequently in English (translated by Nabokov and Hilda Ward) in The Atlantic Monthly (January 1943).[2]

It was first anthologized in Nine Stories (1947)[3] and was later reproduced in Nabokov's Dozen (1958)[4] and The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov.

It became a chapter of Conclusive Evidence (1951, also titled Speak, Memory) and subsequently of Drugie Berega (1954, translated into Russian by the author) and Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited (1966).[5]


  1. ^ Michael Juliar, Vladimir Nabokov: A Descriptive Bibliography (New York: Garland, 1986; ISBN 0-8240-8590-6), item C399, p.505.
  2. ^ Juliar, item C461, p. 512.
  3. ^ Juliar, item A25, pp.190–195.
  4. ^ Juliar, item A32, pp.253–7.
  5. ^ All ions of the autobiography: Juliar, item A26, pp.196–211.