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Lolita. by  Vladimir NABOKOV - First Edition - 1955 - from SOPHIE SCHNEIDEMAN RARE BOOKS and Biblio.com

Lolita.

by NABOKOV, Vladimir

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The Olympia Press, 1955. Two volumes. First edition, first issue with Francs: 900 printed on the back of both volumes. Remains of small bookseller’s label on verso of volume I and stamped on the verso of volume II “New Price FRS 1200 by the printed price. Sm. 8vo., original wrappers, bit chipped and rubbed at extremities but generally a good copy.|||
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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.



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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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