11 Nov 09: Jim Bennett provides a link to a Wikipedia article
on Vladimir Nabokov's father, V. D. Nabokov, and notes that it might be interesting to "contrast the two Petersburg writers who came to America — Rand and Nabokov. Their lives overlapped in an interesting manner — he lived 1899-1977, she 1905-1982, and of course she went to school with his sisters. He was celebrated by the literary critics, whom he despised, and she was savaged by the same critics, whom she also despised. Neither ever gave a damn about what anybody thought of them. She was a Jew, he married a Jew. An odd pair, despite the fact that they never met that anybody knew."