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Lolita

by Nabokov, Vladimir

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NY: Putnam; (1955) First US, and first hardcover edition, first issue, of this classic novel (actually published in 1958). Very good in a very good first issue dust jacket. The patterned boards are just slightly darkened at the edges, as is the page block. The jacket is uniformly browned, and has a couple of small chips at the spine ends. There are some internal tape repairs to the jacket, and one small tape repair externally at the head of the spine. The jacket is also creased at the spine and has some closed tears at the edges. A solid copy in an acceptable dust jacket that presents fairly well.. First Edition. Hard Cover.

Lolita is widely regarded as one of the greatest books of the 20th Century.  The cultural influence of Lolita cannot be understated, and numerous editions have been printed since 1955. The book has been made into movies, plays, and has sparked countless conversations about relationships and the nature of obsession. Even the covers of the later editions have sparked controversy, as they feature potentially suggestive depictions of the famous "nymphet". Unsurprisingly, Lolita is often at the top of banned books lists in high schools. - - Read more: Identifying first editions of Lolita


  • Bookseller: Tulsa Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 020118
  • Title: Lolita
  • Author: Nabokov, Vladimir
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used
  • Jacket condition: Dust Jacket Included
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Putnam; (1955)
  • Place: NY

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On Aug 26 2014, said:
  "Vladimir Nabokov's postmodern masterpiece about a man's obsession with a young girl is nothing short of remarkable. Not only does Nabokov situate the story within the context of Cold War America, but he has the ability to make the reader sympathise with an otherwise immoral character. Through Nabokov's lyrical, poetic and deceptive writing, the story becomes at once comical and poignant. Underneath all the amusing and colourful metaphors and allusions to American popular culture is a deeply affecting story about obsession, innocence and unrequited love. As with Jack Kerouac's On The Road, the theme of 'the journey' is strongly emphasised throughout, as the lead character descends deeper into madness as he and his step-daughter travel around America. A cult classic and must-read, Lolita is the work of genius."

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