Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, Paris: Olympia Press, 1955; New York: Putnam, 1958

  1. Christopher MacGowan

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch54

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

How to Cite

MacGowan, C. (2011) Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, Paris: Olympia Press, 1955; New York: Putnam, 1958, in The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch54

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160230

Online ISBN: 9781444393675

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Keywords:

  • Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1958);
  • “On a Book Entitled Lolita” - excerpts from the novel, in the Anchor Review in 1957;
  • novel, receiving little attention - until novelist Graham Greene listed Lolita in a review as one of the three most important books of 1955;
  • success of Lolita, impetus to the translation and reissue - of Nabokov's earlier novels and stories written in his native Russian;
  • Nabokov's note for the Anchor Review - published in the Putnam edition;
  • the tragic Annabel's name - at the center of Lo-lee-ta'sown;
  • Humbert, confessing late in his narrative, “I suppose I am especially susceptible to the magic of games” - and John Ray's “Foreword” the first of the many “games”;
  • coincidences in narrative, teasing with suggested significance - reflecting patterning of its artifice and game of words;
  • Who's Who in the Limelight - Vivian Darkbloom, again making an appearance;
  • romance, dictating the plot of Quilty's play The Enchanted Hunters - its “profound message…that mirage and reality merge in love,” but Lolita offering no such romantic closure

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bibliography