Thursday, September 15, 2005

Vladimir Nabokovs Lolita in its myriad incarnations

VLADIMIR NABOKOVs Lolita, the book for which he will always be remembered, was first published by the Olympia Press in Paris on September 15, 1955 (and was only published in the United States in 1958) to much controversy and censure. On September 15, 2005, Vintage will be bringing out a 50th Anniversary edition of this timeless classic of love and obsession between the middle-aged Humbert Humbert and the 12-year-old Dolores Haze. A classic worth rereading. In defending Lolita in 1959, Canadian novelist Robertson Davies said that the theme of the novel is “not the corruption of an innocent child by a cunning adult, but the exploitation of a weak adult by a corrupt child.”


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