The Annotated Lolita: Revised and Updated

The Annotated Lolita: Revised and Updated

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by Vladimir Nabokov
     
 

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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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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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307788085
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/17/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
487,869
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
April 23, 1899
Date of Death:
July 2, 1977
Place of Birth:
St. Petersburg, Russia
Place of Death:
Montreux, Switzerland
Education:
Trinity College, Cambridge, 1922

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Lolita (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 319 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book--already in love with the prose of Vladimir Nabokov--and I find almost every main character disgusting, vile, almost inhuman, but I could not put the book down. The beauty of the writing, the rhythmic flow of the descriptions, the tender gestures of the nymphet Dolores Haze, the subtlties of Nabokov's aliteration, the fluidness of instances, the sheer ability to run rapidly through dozens and dozens of scenes while keeping us 'or shall I say, Dear reader!' envisioned with Humbert, and his escapades around the America Vistas. The paradox, is here we have a book that revolts me in every physical way, but, the style, the rhythm, the cadence, the damn confidence! of Nabokov is enough to make me read on about our dear monster, and his Lolita!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! Something that stands next to this on my fav list TOO CRAZY TO LIVE TOO BEAUTIFUL TO DIE! XO Great book
Ewa_G More than 1 year ago
Lolita is a twisted story of lust and adoration. Humbert Humbert, becomes obsessed with his landlord's daughter out of some similarity to his childhood lover. He then marries his landlord, Mrs. Haze, in order to stay close to her daughter, Dolores the nymphet. After finding out about Humbert's lust for her daughter, Mrs. Haze is killed when she runs out of her house in hysterics and is struck by a car. The rest of the book proceeds with Humbert and Lolita's travels across America. The book is from Humbert's perspective and gives the reader some insight into the mind of a pedophile. Humbert prohibits her from having a normal childhood, perhaps because she is not a normal child. The reader understands his lust for this particular young girl. Even though Humbert's obsession with Lolita is perverse, it is still tragic when he loses her to another pedophile. The reader actually feels sorry for Humbert, the truly pathetic character that he is. Lolita is a very interesting book and Nabokov wrote it well. It is by no means a comedy, yet in all the drama of Humbert and Lolita's illicit affair, I leave out love because by no means did she feel that towards him. The situations with Mrs. Haze do supply some comic relief to an altogether catastrophic story. I chose this book because it is a classic, and I feel the need to read the classics. There were parts of this book that I thoroughly enjoyed. The novel has all the makings of a great story, for it includes all the components love, hate, death, sexuality, deceit, and violence, which altogether make Lolita very absorbing. However, there are slow parts with continuous descriptions that seem to go on for pages. These detailed descriptions left me bored for some time as I read. I did enjoy the story line and I found the situation these two characters found themselves in fascinating. I sometimes got stuck in the slow parts and felt uninspired to continue. I would recommend Lolita to someone as long as they are prepared for what is in store: intrigue interrupted by ongoing attention to detail. Nabokov revolutionized literature by addressing a previously taboo topic, making way for this very situation to be depicted in movies, TV shows, and other literature.
Taylor-Marie More than 1 year ago
Never had I read a novel that seduced me so much into the story that I forgot that it was about a pedophile. Portrayed as a testimony to the reader from Humbert Humbert, Nabokov gives us a disturbing yet entrancing tale into the pedophile's thoughts with a brilliant prose style and almost makes the reader sympathize with him and agree with him in many parts of the novel. Readers should pick up this novel and read one of the most brilliantly written love stories.
FocoProject More than 1 year ago
A classic and one that I had placed in my list for a long while now and just never dared to buy. As Nabokov explains through his fictional introduction, this book is not pornographic and so, if that is what you are expecting, you better put the book down and go read something else. This is in fact¿a love story. Not to say it is not a messed up love story, because it is about a fully adult male and a twelve year old girl, which¿regardless of how you look at it, is all sorts of wrong.

The interesting thing here, is that if you replace pedophilia with just about any other romance, it becomes one hell of a romantic concept. What Nabokov has done is gone for the jugular and touched on the most unacceptable of taboos and in turn given it one of the most beautifully worded romance stories. But¿I do underscore the romance, which, initially was beginning to wear on me. While this looked to be a happy story, I actually considered putting the book down, mostly because I do not do romance so well. This too, Nabokov seems to have planned nicely, because just as I though this book may be too much of a love story for me, the author throws in the wrench into everything he has methodically built up. And in my opinion, that saves the story, where the happy ending seems forever ruined and the mystery begins.

Having now finished and being able to contemplate it from afar, the book rounds up nicely. It does some things with language which are just absolutely stunning and while I could do with a little bit less of romance and a bit more of the mystery, I do think this is a very good book and recognize it as such.
Baomei More than 1 year ago
It's not an easy book to read; nevertheless, it's a great novel. I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone. Only to those who can appreciate literature in more than one way.
Hannibal_Gambit More than 1 year ago
This book ranks number 3 on my most beloved books, I normally take the book if it has an interesting cover so when i saw this horrible one I immediatly looked for another. The novel is absolutley superb in evey single way exept for the cover! When I read this in my fourth year of High School I was getting laughed at for reading a seemingly "Girl Book". This is one of the problems with the cover! It will turn down male readers, in which the text is applied to, and make them not want to read it...this book was also fun to parade around the school for the very reason that it made a lot of teachers uncomftrable, esspecially the Democrats that want things to be politicaly correct. I highly reccomend this novel to anyone who wants to see the mind of a pedophile in vivid detail.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend the annotated version of Lolita. Appel's notes on the book bring the full genius of Nabokov's writing to the reader, as well as making a lot of the literary references and French clear. It is easy to be disgusted to distraction by Humbert Humbert, but the humor of the novel kept me reading.
Mariamosis More than 1 year ago
'Lolita', for me, elevated Vladimir Nabokov's status to a 20th century icon! This is by far one of the best books I have read all year! The subject material may be a little difficult to enter into for some, but persevere because this narrative is well worth it. I am now on a quest to read everything written by Nabokov!
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿I found myself maturing amid a civilization which allows a man of twenty five to court a girl of sixteen but not a girl of twelve¿. But it¿s perhaps the truth? The society in which we live doesn¿t accept that for love there is no age. It¿s possible that we are so close-minded to recognize the love that an older person can feel to a young one. This is exactly what Navokov¿s book achieves. But not only the book captivate you for the simple fact that ois a critique to the society.It¿s necessary to admit the exceptional work that the author of the book realized. Nabokov dis an excellent narrative, and every time you read it you will know another thing, so you will continue reading it. In fact, I must confess that it¿s very strange that a book captivates me, but his one did it. This phenomenon happens because Lolita is a different book, and I said this because you don¿t read all the days that an older guy is in love with a girl of 15 years. Humbert relates his peaceful upbringing on the Riviera, where he encounters his first love, the twelve-year-old Annabel Leigh. Annabel and the thirteen-year-old Humbert never consummate their love, and Annabel¿s death from typhus four months later haunts Humbert. Eventually, Humbert comes to the United States and takes a room in the house of Widow Charlotte Haze in a sleepy, suburban New England town. He becomes instantly infatuated with her twelve-year-old daughter Dolores, also known as Lolita. Humbert follows Lolita¿s moves constantly, occasionally flirts with her, and confides his pedophiliac longings to a journal. Lolia has been one of he best books that I have read and though in some moments a bit grotesque and disagreeable moments returns to fulfill all my expectations. Lolita is a book which I recommend widely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book about the very serious crime of child molesters/rapists. Though this book was of serious matter and Humbert Humbert disgusts me and poor Delores "Lolita" and what she had to go through breaks my heart. The author is an amazing writer and he makes the story flow eloquently. It was over all a very good book, no curses and no explicit details of the sexual relations, it was written tactfully.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great mastery of English, French, and Russian. If you can deal with its pedophilic romance and gruesome, pathetic murder scenes, I highly recommend you give it a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author manages to make you laugh as well as feel sorry for a pedophile while creating such a story that you can't put the book down till you've finished it. If you don't have a weak stomach, this is one of the best novels you'll read.
prialba10 More than 1 year ago
If you read Lolita, you will find yourself sympathizing with a pedophile. Let that sink in. 
Isabelleoliviaa More than 1 year ago
Its horrifying and captivating all at once. I definitely recommend it!
ASteck220 More than 1 year ago
When first introduced to the novel of Lolita, I skimmed the back cover to see what the text was actually about. At first, I was hesitant to read this novel, mostly due to the more serious nature of it (don't get me wrong, I love books and movies that make me think), but as I started reading the first chapters, I realized I could not put it down. Nabokov's style is prevalent throughout the entire novel and his imagination created, in my opinion, one of the best books I have ever read. I know that in 20 years from now, this book will be on my shelf. The way Humbert starts his affection for Lolita, the difficulties he faces with Charlotte...I don't want to reveal too much, but it's definitely worth your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lolita is a twisted story of lust and adoration. Humbert Humbert, becomes obsessed with his landlord¿s daughter out of some similarity to his childhood lover. He then marries his landlord, Mrs. Haze, in order to stay close to her daughter, Dolores the nymphet. As his obsession spirals out of control, Dolores becomes Lolita and his wife becomes obsolete. After finding out about Humbert¿s lust for her daughter Mrs. Haze is killed when she runs out of her house in hysterics and is struck by a car. The rest of the book proceeds with Humbert and Lolita¿s travels across America. The book is from Humbert¿s perspective and gives the reader some insight into the mind of a pedophile. We see what he is willing to do and how far he is willing to go to keep his Lolita all for himself. He sacrifices her happiness and mental development by setting up strict rules that she must follow. Humbert prohibits her from having a normal childhood, perhaps because she is not a normal child. The reader understands his lust for this particular young girl. Even though Humbert¿s obsession with Lolita is perverse, it is still tragic when he loses her to another pedophile. The reader actually feels sorry for Humbert, the truly pathetic character that he is. Despite the subject matter, the novel is not vulgar, nor is it truly about sex. While Lolita¿s seduction of Humbert and Humbert¿s seduction of Lolita are noted there is no hint of graphic pornography. Lolita is a very interesting book and Nabokov wrote it well. It is by no means a comedy, yet in all the drama of Humbert and Lolita¿s illicit affair, I leave out love because by no means did she feel that towards him. The situations with Mrs. Haze do supply some comic relief to an altogether catastrophic story. I chose this book because it is a ¿classic,¿ and I feel the need to read ¿the classics.¿ There were parts of this book that I thoroughly enjoyed. The novel has all the makings of a great story, for it includes all the components love, hate, death, sexuality, deceit, and violence, which altogether make Lolita very intriguing. However, there are slow parts with continuous descriptions that seem to go on for pages. These detailed descriptions left me bored for some time as I read. I did enjoy the story line and I found the situation these two characters found themselves in fascinating. In retrospect I would say I enjoyed Lolita, but while reading it I felt differently. I sometimes got stuck in the slow parts and felt uninspired to continue. I would recommend Lolita to someone as long as they are prepared for what is in store: intrigue interrupted by ongoing attention to detail. Nabokov revolutionized literature by addressing a previously taboo topic, making way for this very situation to be depicted in movies, TV shows, and other literature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lolita is a magnificent book, written excellently by a superb author. It is not about sex, as I believe someone named Lionel Trilling has noted. It is not pornographic, nor sadistic. The book is about a man who loved, cherished, and lived for his adopted stepdaughter. All other nymphets of Humbert Humbert's are just mirages images glass that you cannot touch in the store without fear of breaking it. But Lolita was his one true love, and he punished all that would not see it that way. Even his fantasy that he would have the same relations with Lolita's daughter and her granddaughter can be explained: he thought he had to reincarnate her in another form, due to his pedophiliac craving. Granted, Humbert was responsible for the death of Lolita's mother, and he did not love her. He was not even a true pedophile...for he had sex with both his wives, and that was not just for show. But he did love his darling Lolita, and I commend Vladimir Nabokov for this outstanding book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is definitely a must read. The story is very well written & captivating, that you never want it to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is a marvelous, well-crafted work of art. The annotations provide guidance, discussion, clarification, edification, and entertainment - and will be helpful to those who enjoy reading good literature but did not study literature in college. This is heavily annotated, with a lengthy inroduction. Annotations range from 'typographical error corrected in 1958 edition' to page-long explanations of literary allusions, and even statistics. Annotations are all collected at the end, so you may read the book through the first time without being interrupted by Appel's explanations. Appel was a student of Nabokov's and interviewed Nabokov extensively for these annotations. Read the introduction after you read the book - you'll get more out of the introduction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Lolita' is an amazing book not so much for the storyline and subject matter but for the WORDS. Nabokov's use of imagery and language is profound (esp. considering English is his second language). Humbert is a captivating character and the book is an overall fun read - not only is it humorous but there are many word puzzels hidden inside it to figure out. Any reader could fall in love with 'Lolita', and learn a lot from it as well (as far as writing style goes... not morally!).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the finest novels ever written. The language is eloquent and the emotions strong. It is not at all vulgar, but instead it is humorous and fascinating.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I can appreciate good literature but to me this was page after page of senseless babble! I could sum up the book in two sentences, the rest was crap!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has a very interesting plot. I really only read books that catch my eye and this has.it was written very well. Not everybody is a pedophile or pervert . Some people really have feelings and no matter the age this can happen to you anyday or your close loved ones. Even these young people who apparemtly dont know anything but they do . This book really shows you the life of humbert and lolita and their love story . I strongly recomend this book to you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago