The Annotated Lolita: Revised and Updated (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 17, 2011 - Fiction - 544 pages
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The annotated text of this modern classic. It assiduously illuminates the extravagant wordplay and the frequent literary allusions, parodies, and cross-references. Edited with a preface, introduction and notes by Alfred Appel, Jr.


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It's fantastically crafted prose. - Goodreads
Puzzles and non-linear storytelling. - Goodreads
I finally appreciated Nabokov's character development. - Goodreads
At any rate, Nabokov's prose is absolutely stunning. - Goodreads
... alluring prose enticed me in to the story. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Nick Black - Goodreads

brilliant use of language in the typical Nabokovian mien. some great lines ("a book with the unintentionally biblical title Know Your Own Daughter", etc.) and dialogue, though the plot rambles (the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tammy Marie Jacintho - Goodreads

Strange, how Nabokov haunts long after you put the book to rest. I never sat down and said, "Today I'm going to read LOLITA." I just saw the book on a shelf and picked it up feeling ashamed that I ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
xvii
Selected Bibliography
lxix
In Place ofa Note on the Textfrom Pale Fire
lxxv
On a Book Entitled Lolita
311
Notes
319
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was born on April 23, 1899, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Nabokovs were known for their high culture and commitment to public service, and the elder Nabokov was an outspoken opponent of antisemitism and one of the leaders of the opposition party, the Kadets. In 1919, following the Bolshevik revolution, he took his family into exile. Four years later he was shot and killed at a political rally in Berlin while trying to shield the speaker from right-wing assassins.

The Nabokov household was trilingual, and as a child Nabokov was already reading Wells, Poe, Browning, Keats, Flaubert, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Tolstoy, and Chekhov, alongside the popular entertainments of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Jules Verne. As a young man, he studied Slavic and romance languages at Trinity College, Cambridge, taking his honors degree in 1922. For the next eighteen years he lived in Berlin and Paris, writing prolifically in Russian under the pseudonym Sirin and supporting himself through translations, lessons in English and tennis, and by composing the first crossword puzzles in Russian. In 1925 he married Vera Slonim, with whom he had one child, a son, Dmitri.

Having already fled Russia and Germany, Nabokov became a refugee once more in 1940, when he was forced to leave France for the United States. There he taught at Wellesley, Harvard, and Cornell. He also gave up writing in Russian and began composing fiction in English. In his afterword to Lolita he claimed: "My private tragedy, which cannot, and indeed should not, be anybody's concern, is that I had to abandon my natural idiom, my untrammeled, rich, and infinitely docile Russian tongue for a second-rate brand of English, devoid of any of those apparatuses--the baffling mirror, the black velvet backdrop, the implied associations and traditions--which the native illusionist, frac-tails flying, can magically use to transcend the heritage in his own way." [p. 317] Yet Nabokov's American period saw the creation of what are arguably his greatest works, Bend Sinister (1947), Lolita (1955), Pnin (1957), and Pale Fire (1962), as well as the translation of his earlier Russian novels into English. He also undertook English translations of works by Lermontov and Pushkin and wrote several books of criticism. Vladimir Nabokov died in Montreux, Switzerland, in 1977.


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