Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (22 April 1899 – 2 July 1977), also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin, was a Russian and American novelist, poet, translator, and entomologist. His first nine novels were written in Russian (1926–38), but he achieved international prominence after he began writing English prose. Nabokov became an American citizen in 1945.

✦ He was an avid chess player.

✦ He collected butterflies.

✦ He held dual citizenship.