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Lolita
     

Lolita

by Edward Albee, Vladimir Nabokov (Based On Work by)
 

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Widely familiar as a successful novel and motion picture, LOLITA details the controversial obsession of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged man of some education and refinement, to possess Dolores Haze, a pre-teen "nymphet." Comprised of a series of interrelated scenes which are commented on by an urbane narrator, the play follows the peregrinations of the increasingly

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Widely familiar as a successful novel and motion picture, LOLITA details the controversial obsession of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged man of some education and refinement, to possess Dolores Haze, a pre-teen "nymphet." Comprised of a series of interrelated scenes which are commented on by an urbane narrator, the play follows the peregrinations of the increasingly desperate Humbert as he first marries Dolores's mother and then engineers her death�after which he and "Lolita" embark on a zigzag tour of America's motels, always one step ahead of another "dirty old man" with whom his hostage is in love. In the end, "Lolita" escapes Humbert's clutches only to marry a deaf man and die in childbirth�her tormentors, in turn, follow their own destinies toward either madness or murder.

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Elizabeth Janeway
[Lolita's] illicit nature will both shock the reader into paying attention and prevent sentimentally false sympathy from distorting his judgment. Contrariwise, I believe, Mr. Nabokov is slyly exploiting the American emphasis on the attraction of youth and the importance devoted to the �teen-ager� in order to promote an unconscious identification with Humbert�s agonies. Both techniques are entirely valid. But neither, I hope, will obscure the purpose of the device: namely, to underline the essential, inefficient, painstaking and pain-giving selfishness of all passion, all greed—of all urges, whatever they may be, that insist on being satisfied without regard to the effect their satisfaction has upon the outside world. Humbert is all of us.
NY Times Book Review Sunday, August 17, 1958
NY Post
...an ineffable memory of preadolescent love that leads to degradation, madness and murder.
NY Times
...a funny and finally tragic evocation of a man's desire to possess his irretrievable past, of the modern American landscape, of the beauties and limits of the English language.
Time
Intensely lyrical and wildly funny.
Vanity Fair
The only convincing love story of our century.
The Missouri Review
Jeremy Irons is a superb reader for this audio version, not only because he played the role of Humbert Humbert in the recent movie but because he clearly loves the book itself... A number of readers have called this the recording of the year and I can understand why. Bravo for Mr. Irons.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822206835
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/13/2002
Edition description:
Adaptation
Pages:
96

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John Updike
Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written...that is, ecstatically.

Meet the Author

American dramatist Edward Albee was born in 1928. Three of his plays— A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women— received Pulitzer Prizes, and his most famous, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, was adapted to a movie directed by Mike Nichols and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. His other plays include The Zoo Story, The Death of Bessie Smith, The Sandbox, The American Dream, Tiny Alice, All Over, Listening, The Lady from Dubuque, The Man Who Had Three Arms, Finding the Sun, Fragments, Marriage Play, The Lorca Play and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? He died in 2016.

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