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Remembering ourearlier book cover for Vladimir Nabokov's collected stories, where the letterswere mounted on Butterfly pins for tales by this lepidopterist, Vintage (check)art director John Gall commissioned multiple designers to create covers fornumerous re-issues of Nabokov novels—each a work in an insect box. Lucky us, tobe commissioned to create a cover for Pale Fire, a novel consisting of anexquisite poem, and a wickedly funny fictionalized back story about the poet,narrated by the poet's stalker. The poem is a searingly beautiful elegyfor the poet's daughter who has committed suicide, hence the match we snuffedout on the cover, and the ethereal smoke—a memory—that we have preserved.