Lolita / Vladimir Nabokov.
Girls -- Fiction.
Middle-aged men -- Fiction.
319 pages ; 23 cm
Forward and afterward by Vladimir Nabokov (forward written under the name John Ray, Jr., Ph. D.).
SPEC copy Bound in quarter black cloth with gray and white paper over boards; spine stamped in gold; red endpapers; top edge stained red; white dust-jacket printed in black, red, gray and yellow.
SPEC copy is first impression.
When it was published in 1955, Lolita immediately became a cause celebre because of the freedom and sophistication with which it handled the unusual erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Vladimir Nabokov's wise, ironic, elegant masterpiece owes its stature as one of the twentieth century's novels of record not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story almost shocking in its beauty and tenderness. Awe and exhilaration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in this account of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America, but most of all, it is a meditation on love--love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.
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