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Low Hum & Little Lo | Martin Amis
Humbert Humbert, narrator of 'Lolita', is a sadist, narcissist and sexual deviant: so why should we think Nabokov's novel morally acceptable?
25th  october  1992  independent  martin  amis  vladamir  nabokov  literature  lolita 
7 weeks ago by pnjman
Hurricane Lolita | Christopher Hitchens
Fifty years ago Vladimir Nabokov published his most notorious novel. Its ravishing effects can still be felt.
december  2005  atlantic  christopher  hitchens  literature  lolita  vladamir  nabokov 
october 2012 by pnjman
Lolita. By Vladimir Nabokov | Orville Prescott
Certain books achieve a sort of underground reputation before they are published. Gossip arouses expectations that they are even nastier than the last succès de scandale. College students returning from visits to Paris demonstrate their newly acquired sophistication by brandishing paperbound copies. College professors write solemn critical analyses in scholarly publications. And if their authors are really lucky some act of official censorship publicizes their work to the masses. "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov is such a book. Mr. Nabokov is particularly lucky because his book was not censored in the United States, but in France of all places. What more could he hope for? The French ban was eventually removed and now this book written in English in the United States by a White Russian emigré can be bought legally in Paris where it was first published. Its American publication today has been preceded by a fanfare of publicity. Prof. Harry Levin of Harvard says it is a great book and darkly symbolical (Mr. Nabokov explicitly denies any symbolism). Graham Greene says that “Lolita” is a distinguished novel. William Styron says it is "uniquely droll" and "genuinely funny."
18th  august  1958  nyt  review  orville  prescott  vladamir  nabokov  lolita  literature 
october 2012 by pnjman

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