"The sexualized vision of Lolita perpetuated by popular culture has very little to do with the text of Nabokov's novel, in which Lolita is not a teen-aged seductress but a sexually abused twelve-year-old girl. Lolita--The Story of a Cover Girl: Vladimir Nabokov's Novel in Art and Design challenges this prevailing misrepresentation with essays by book designers, artists, and Nabokov scholars, and a preface by Mary Gaitskill that considers the problem of capturing Nabokov's psychologically complex story in a single image. The book's centerpiece is the Lolita Book Cover Project, for which the co-editor John Bertram, an architect based in Los Angeles, commissioned designers to create new covers for the book." --The New Yorker
"Stunning" --The Huffington Post
"The book presents the most exhaustive and dimensional topography of Lolita's cultural landscape examined through the lens of design and visual communication.... Lolita: The Story of a Cover Girl is a rare gem at the intersection of lust for literature and lust for design." --Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
About the Author
John Bertram is the editor of Venus Febriculosa, a website devoted to contemporary literature and the art and design of books. He is the principal of Bertram Architects in Los Angeles.
Yuri Leving is Professor of Russian Studies at Dalhousie University and the author of numerous books. He is the founding editor of the Nabokov Online Journal.