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Lolita. by  Vladimir Nabokov - First Edition - (September, 1959) - from Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co., LLC (PRB&M)  and Biblio.com

Lolita.

by Nabokov, Vladimir

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Paris: Olympia Press, (September, 1959). 12mo (17.5 cm, 6.8 "). 2 vols. I: 189, [3] pp. II: 221, [1] pp.

First edition, stated fourth printing: The two-volume "Traveller's Companion" edition (no. 66 in that series) of one of the most controversial classics of 20th-century literature. Maurice Girodias's Olympia Press specialized in providing the types of books that would be automatically banned in Britain and the United States; in addition to Lolita, it was the first to publish Donleavy's Ginger Man as well as avant-garde and controversial works by prominent Beat writers including William S. Burroughs and Gregory Corso, along with numerous exuberantly pornographic works penned pseudonymously by members of the Paris expatriate community. Publisher's printed green paper wrappers; very slight traces of shelfwear, vol. I with tiny nick to front wrapper. A crisp, clean copy.

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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