The second in Library of America's three-volume collection of Vladimir Nabokov's novels, Novels 1955-1962
contains his most acclaimed and popular works. The short, often anthologized Pnin
is included, as is Pale Fire
, Nabokov's most elaborate fictional joke: it's a novel masquerading as a 999-line poem accompanied by a professorial pedant's extensive annotations. But this deluxe volume is most valuable for its inclusion of Lolita
alongside the screenplay that Nabokov wrote for Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick's film is quite different from the version Nabokov intended, and Novels 1955-1962
offers the opportunity to compare Lolita
's two Nabokovian incarnations with Kubrick's film
and with the recent, very controversial movie directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Jeremy Irons.
From Library Journal
The publication of this unprecedented three-volume set marks the first time the Library of America has offered works by a foreign-born author. Though a native of Russia, Nabokov easily could be considered an American by osmosis, since he wrote many of his major works while living on U.S. soil. This trilogy contains all his American fiction and nonfiction writings and incorporates the corrections the author added to his personal editions. This also contains scholarly notes and a chronology by leading Nabokov biographer Brian Boyd.
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