Vladimir Nabokov Alex Van Oss reports on the 100th birthday of Vladimir Nabokov, the celebrated poet and author of 17 books including Lolita and Laughter in the Dark. Around the world this year, there will be celebrations of Nabokov's work, including a major exhibition opening at the New York Public Library today. The author's son has translated many of Nabokov's early novels and short stories. He also had a hand in his father's later works; Nabokov used him as a research subject into the language and ways of teenagers. The results would later appear in the pages of Lolita.