Cover of: Novels 1955-1962 by
Preview

Buy this book

When you buy books using these links the Internet Archive may earn a small commission.

April 27, 2021 | History

Novels 1955-1962

Lolita / Pnin / Pale Fire / Lolita: A Screenplay

1st printing
  • 0 Ratings
  • 4 Want to read
  • 0 Currently reading
  • 0 Have read

This edition was published in by Library of America in New York, USA.

Written in English

904 pages

This Library of America volume is the second of three volumes that contain the most authoritative versions of the English works of the brilliant Russian émigré, Vladimir Nabokov.

Lolita (1955), Nabokov’s single most famous work, is one of the most controversial and widely read books of its time. Funny, satiric, poignant, filled with allusions to earlier American writers, it is the “confession” of a middle-aged, sophisticated European émigré’s passionate obsession with a 12-year-old American “nymphet,” and the story of their wanderings across a late 1940s America of highways and motels. Of its deeper meanings, Nabokov characteristically wrote: “I am neither a reader nor a writer of didactic fiction, and… Lolita has no moral in tow. For me a work of fiction exists only insofar as it affords me what I shall call aesthetic bliss, that is a sense of being somehow, somewhere, connected with other states of being where art (curiosity, tenderness, kindness, ecstasy) is the norm.” (Nabokov’s film adaptation of Lolita, as originally written for director Stanley Kubrick, is also included.)

Pnin (1957) is a comic masterpiece about a gentle, bald Russian émigré professor in an American college town who is never quite able to master its language, its politics, or its train schedule. Nabokov’s years as a teacher provided rich background for this satirical picture of academic life, with an unforgettable figure at its center: “It was the world that was absent-minded and it was Pnin whose business it was to set it straight. His life was a constant war with insensate objects that fell apart, or attacked him, or refused to function, or viciously got themselves lost as soon as they entered the sphere of his existence.”

Pale Fire (1962) is a tour de force in the form of an ostensibly autobiographical poem by a recently deceased American poet and a critical commentary by an academic who is something other than what he seems. Its unique structure, pitting artist against seemingly worshipful critic, sets the stage for some of Nabokov’s most intricate games of deception and concealment. “Pretending to be a curio,” wrote Mary McCarthy, “it cannot disguise the fact that it is one of the great works of art of this century.”

The texts of this volume incorporate Nabokov’s penciled corrections in his own copies of his works which correct long-standing errors, and have been prepared with the assistance of Dmitri Nabokov, the novelist’s son.
Source: https://www.loa.org/books/9-novels-1955-1962

Read more

Previews available in: English

Edition Availability
Cover of: Novels, 1955-1962
Novels, 1955-1962
1996, Library of America
in English
Cover of: Novels, 1955-1962
Novels, 1955-1962: Lolita, Pnin, Pale fire, Lolita a screenplay
1996, Literary Classics of the United States
in English
Cover of: Novels 1955-1962
Novels 1955-1962: Lolita / Pnin / Pale Fire / Lolita: A Screenplay
1996, Library of America
Hardcover in English - 1st printing
Cover of: Novels, 1955-1962
Novels, 1955-1962: Lolita, Pnin, Pale fire, Lolita: a screenplay
1996, Library of America
in English

Add another edition?

Novels 1955-1962

Lolita / Pnin / Pale Fire / Lolita: A Screenplay

1st printing

This edition was published in by Library of America in New York, USA.


Edition Description

This Library of America volume is the second of three volumes that contain the most authoritative versions of the English works of the brilliant Russian émigré, Vladimir Nabokov.

Lolita (1955), Nabokov’s single most famous work, is one of the most controversial and widely read books of its time. Funny, satiric, poignant, filled with allusions to earlier American writers, it is the “confession” of a middle-aged, sophisticated European émigré’s passionate obsession with a 12-year-old American “nymphet,” and the story of their wanderings across a late 1940s America of highways and motels. Of its deeper meanings, Nabokov characteristically wrote: “I am neither a reader nor a writer of didactic fiction, and… Lolita has no moral in tow. For me a work of fiction exists only insofar as it affords me what I shall call aesthetic bliss, that is a sense of being somehow, somewhere, connected with other states of being where art (curiosity, tenderness, kindness, ecstasy) is the norm.” (Nabokov’s film adaptation of Lolita, as originally written for director Stanley Kubrick, is also included.)

Pnin (1957) is a comic masterpiece about a gentle, bald Russian émigré professor in an American college town who is never quite able to master its language, its politics, or its train schedule. Nabokov’s years as a teacher provided rich background for this satirical picture of academic life, with an unforgettable figure at its center: “It was the world that was absent-minded and it was Pnin whose business it was to set it straight. His life was a constant war with insensate objects that fell apart, or attacked him, or refused to function, or viciously got themselves lost as soon as they entered the sphere of his existence.”

Pale Fire (1962) is a tour de force in the form of an ostensibly autobiographical poem by a recently deceased American poet and a critical commentary by an academic who is something other than what he seems. Its unique structure, pitting artist against seemingly worshipful critic, sets the stage for some of Nabokov’s most intricate games of deception and concealment. “Pretending to be a curio,” wrote Mary McCarthy, “it cannot disguise the fact that it is one of the great works of art of this century.”

The texts of this volume incorporate Nabokov’s penciled corrections in his own copies of his works which correct long-standing errors, and have been prepared with the assistance of Dmitri Nabokov, the novelist’s son.
Source: https://www.loa.org/books/9-novels-1955-1962

Table of Contents

Lolita
Lolita. A Screenplay
Pale Fire
Pnin

Edition Notes

Series
Library of America - 88

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.54
Library of Congress
PS3527.A15 A6 1996b, PS3527.A15 A6 1996a

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL27910127M
Internet Archive
novelsmemoirs1941962nabo
ISBN 10
1883011191
ISBN 13
9781883011192
LC Control Number
96015256
OCLC/WorldCat
613824269, 848689623, 959892058, 1110733761, 556329714, 96015257
Amazon.com
1883011191
Goodreads
7807

Community Reviews (0)

Feedback?
No community reviews have been submitted for this work.

Lists containing this Book

History

Download catalog record: RDF / JSON
April 27, 2021 Edited by Gustav-Landauer-Bibliothek Witten person
October 11, 2020 Edited by Lisa Merge works
February 8, 2020 Edited by Lisa Added new cover
February 8, 2020 Edited by Lisa added details from linked copy
February 8, 2020 Created by Lisa create new work