Lolita: A Screenplay

Lolita: A Screenplay

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by Vladimir Nabokov

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The screenplay for Kubrik's 1962 film tells the story of an older man's obsession with a young girl.


The screenplay for Kubrik's 1962 film tells the story of an older man's obsession with a young girl.

Editorial Reviews

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
Intensely lyrical and wildly funny.
Vanity Fair
The only convincing love story of our century.

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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Vintage International
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John Updike
Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written...that is, ecstatically.

Meet the Author

Readers of Vladimir Nabokov's novels might be slightly uncomfortable with them, were they not so awe-inspiring. Nabokov (1899-1977) had a penchant for writing about the tragic and the taboo in his books, especially the still-controversial Lolita. But his erudite, inventive approach to writing — buttressed by his formidable academic and cultural intellect — made him a literary legend.

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
Trinity College, Cambridge, 1922

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Lolita: A Screenplay 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lolita is absolutely my favorite book. It's a great story--the prose is sublime, whether you think it's a love story/"agree" with it or not. Nabokov is an incredibly skilled writer, and has a dark sense of humor that is seen frequently throughout the story. However, if you're bored by the prose, then you shouldn't even bother reading the book, because it's the style, not just the story, that makes this novel impeccable. I have read this book several times, and do not grow tired of it. It's dark, funny, and sad at once, and consistently beautiful.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That would be me in the book. Got a problem with that?