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Lolita by  Vladimir Nabokov - First Edition - 1955 - from Bookbid Rare Books and Biblio.com

Lolita

by Nabokov, Vladimir

Condition: Fine/Near Fine


G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1955 G.P. Putanm's Sons, New York c. 1955. First American Edition. Remarkably uncommon in the correct (unclipped) dust jacket and the true trade first edition (not the book club). Previous owner's bookplate affixed to the front free endpaper. Original price of $5.00 printed on the front flap of the dust jacket. A fine copy in a near fine jacket. A small closed tear on the front panel, near the spine hinge. Comes housed in a custom slipcase.. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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


  • Seller: Bookbid Rare Books US (US)
  • Seller Inventory #: 1408064
  • Title: Lolita
  • Author: Nabokov, Vladimir
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Fine
  • Jacket condition: Near Fine
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • Date published: 1955

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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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