Lolita book covers | Vladimir Nabokov, 1955

 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (Gallimard), 1959                                               Olympia Press, Paris, 1955, first edition
London, 1959                                                                Wahlstrom & Widstrand, Stockholm, 1957
Buenos Aires, 1959                                                                   Frankfurt, 1990                      
            -                                                               Ben Wiseman
       Barbara deWilde                                                                        Jamie Keenan
1961 GR, Athens                                                                                        -
Sao Paulo, 1962                                                          Istanbul, 1959
Beirut, 1988                                                               1962 CH or after Author's drawing
Olympia Press, Paris, 1961                                                 Tokyo, 1962
Paris, 1963                                            Michael Bierut
Jennifer Heuer                                                     -        
Random House, 2005  
  Oisterwijk, The Hague, 1958                                                Stockholm, 1965
 
London, 2006                                                               London, 2010

Customers at a London bookshop read the bestseller 'Lolita' by Vladimir Nabokov


In 1958, Nabokov wrote to his new American publisher, Walter J. Minton at Putnam, 
about the cover for his forthcoming novel, Lolita.

In a letter of 1 March 1958 Nabokov wrote:

"What about the jacket? After thinking it over, I would rather not involve butterflies.
 Do you think it could be possible to find today in New York an artist who would not be
 influenced in his work by the general cartoonesque and primitivist style jacket illustration? 
Who would be capable of creating a romantic, delicately drawn, non-Freudian and
 non-juvenile, picture for LOLITA (a dissolving remoteness, a soft American 
landscape, a nostalgic highway—that sort of thing)? There is one subject which 
I am emphatically opposed to: any kind of representation of a little girl."

Nabokov on different Lolita covers


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