by Suellen Stringer-Hye
Jean and Alexander Heard Library
Vanderbilt University

For the electronic Nabokov discussion forum, NABOKV-L, I have, over the past several years, compiled references to Nabokov from newspapers, magazines and the Internet. This exercise is fun and profitable, providing valuable insights into the public's perception of both the author and the icon, Vladimir Nabokov. Lolita in fact leads a life of her own. Below you will find an electronic clipping file gathered from various sources that help shed the same light on Lolita.

Updated 9/17/2001

WWW Resources

100 Years: Vladimir Nabokov---Random House Feature

Many good links but of particular note:

University Of Arizona, English 102 Lolita WebPage

This website, produced by the Spring 1997, English 102 class, at the University of Arizona provides a collection of links for Lolita related websites. Especially valuable is the collaborative, annotated "webliography" which points to Lolita resources both in traditional text and on-line sources. The gothic font used at the sites home page expresses the "new voice" these students hope to add to the already full chorus of criticism extant.

Lance Olsen's English 295

Although intended as an electronic syllabus for Lance Olsen's undergraduate course on Lolita at the University of Idaho, this website serves as a good introduction to both Nabokov's novel and Olsen's critical study Lolita: A Janus Text. Plus there is a wonderful picture of Nabokov with wry eyes and a tinkerbell butterfly peering over his shoulder.

Classic Review--Charles Rolo on Lolita 1958

This site is devoted to classic reviews from the Atlantic Monthly. Lolita as reviewed in 1958 by Charles Rolo.

Sorceror of Cruelty

"My Inspiration: Vladimir Nabokov: A Tribute to the Sorcerer of Evil" by Mary Gaitskill, published in the Web magazine Salon. Discusses The Short Stories of Vladimir Nabokov, Laughter in the Dark and Pale Fire. Links to essays on these topics are embedded in the opening text.

First Choice

Mary Elizabeth Williams explains why her vote goes to Lolita for "Greatest American Novel."

Mirage and Reality Merge in Love

Nicely organized study guide.

"Nabokov would have turned over in his grave..."

Opening line for an article defining the term "Media Lolitas". Examples include Britney Spears, Lil' Kim, and Christina Aguilera.


Random House Audio

Jeremy Irons, who plays Humbert Humbert in Adrian Lyne's film Lolita, captures Humbert's supreme blindness and subtle diabolism in this narrational tour de force. The Random House site provides ordering information and a short synopsis of the work. Salon magazine review of the Lolita AudioBook

Harper Collins Audio

The Harper Collins audio web page. An audiotaped reading of Lolita can be purchased. "Actor James Mason masterfully reads the witty, poetic prose as his rolling British tongue humorously renders Nabokov's characters and settings in colorful three-dimension." -- Booklist.
HarperAudio. ISBN 1-55994-634-2; $12.00; Canada, $17.00; 1 hour on 1 cassette.


Wanted, Wanted: Dolores Haze

The text of Humbert Humbert's Wanted poem which begins:

Wanted, wanted: Dolores Haze.
Hair: brown. Lips: scarlet.
Age: five thousand three hundred days.
Profession: none, or "starlet"


The text of Humbert Humbert's Justice, poem which begins:

Because you took advantage of a sinner
because you took advantage
because you took
because you took advantage of my disadvantage
when I stood Adam-naked
before a federal law and all its stinging stars

'Lectronic Lo

A parody of Humbert's Wanted poem appears in a story called "A New Lo: Or Everybody into the Meme Pool," written by Chuck Hammill. Charlie Holmes, Lolita's pal at Camp Quilty, narrates the story. Now an adult and virtual reality huckster on another planet, Charlie composes this poem:
Where are you hiding, Dolores Haze?
In your silicon circuitry, snoozin'?
Let me turn on your pixels in sixty-nine ways--
Your end-user's hot for some usin'

Let's boot up--I'll jack in--sweet `Lectronic Lo.
Let me nibble your attribute bytes.
Ne'er has a nanonymphet beckoned so,
Giving wirehead! Erotic delights!

Silicon is forever, Dolores Haze,
Come sit on my interface.
When Earth starts to craze in the end-time days,
We'll be loving each other in space.

Cyberpunk, cyberpunk, there they are,
Dolores Haze and her lovers:
Fifty million guys `neath a yellow star,
Sleep with holograms under the covers

Virtual Valerie's long in the tooth,
Ellie Dee's a plain cyber-slut harlot.
`Lectronic Lolita, I'll tell you the truth,
You're my fav'rite A.I.V.R. starlet.

Let me shower you with goodies, Dolores Haze,
Gigabytes for your memory banks.
Would you like some new circuits? 440-3 phase?
I love how you wire me your thanks.

Ma chère Lolita, dans le soleil d'été,
Ma chère Lolita, en plein hiver,
En automne, au printemps, je te jure de t'aimer
(A moins, jusqu'à l'on cesse d'être fruit vert...)

Film Reviews: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In August of 1998, Adrian Lyne's cinematic portrayal of Lolita, after many thwarted attempts to find a U.S distributor, aired on the cable channel Showtime. Reviews of the film range from the recklessly exuberant to the condescendingly dismissive. Below are some links representing this range of opinion.

An Interview with Stephen Schiff

An interview I conducted with the screenwriter for Adrian Lyne's version of Lolita. Schiff talks about how he came to write the screenplay for the film. More background on the evolution of the sceenplay can be found here

Lolita on Showtime

Times for current showings of Lyne's Lolita.

Drew Barrymore

Link no longer works but I hope to find the document again someday--- actress Drew Barrymore discussing how Sue Lyons in Kubrick's Lolita influenced her work.

Kubrick's Lolita

Great source for images and posters from the film.

Hitchcock and Nabokov

James Davidson crosses Nabokov with Hitchock and gets some interesting results.

Filmography for Nabokov

Internet Movie database. A "writer filmography" for Vladimir Nabokov.

Internet Movie Database

Lolita – From Nabokov’s Novel (1955) to Kubrick’s Film (1962) to Lyne’s (1997)

Critical essay from film professor Constantine Santas author of book "Responding to Film".

Lolita Trivia

Lolita Bag

From the entry list of alt.culture:"tiny cotton backpack from the junior line (founded 1984) of French designer label Agnč s B. (founded 1976); named after the prepubescent temptress in Vladimir Nabokov's classic, once-banned novel."

Lolita Lempicka

Lolita is often identified with fashion and the fashion industry. This designer's name derives in part from Nabokov's novel.

Alfred Appel

The home page for Alfred Appel, the first and still unsurpassed interpreter of Nabokov and American Popular Culture.

Lolita (on black) and Lolita (on white)

Two pictures of Lolita by famed photographer William Wegman.

Elders of Bohemia

Jack Sarfatti, a self-described "bohemian" reviews Herbert Gold's book, Bohemia, Where Art, Angst, Love and Strong Coffee Meet (Simon & Schuster, 1993, ISBN 0-671-76781-X)

Herbert Gold is of interest to Nabokov readers in his connection with Cornell, as he replaced Nabokov when Nabokov retired. Sarfatti says:

"I first met Herb Gold when I was an 18 year old physics major at Cornell. Tom Pynchon was in some of my classes. Gold was filling in for Vladimir Nabokov who was off writing the screenplay for Lolita. Herb introduced me to European literature (Dostoyevski, Goethe's Faust, Tolstoy, Proust). I would see him outside of class either in Willard Straight Hall or in Noyes Lodge where Kirk Sale, Richard Farina, Peter Yarrow, Tom Pynchon and other emerging literati and people of talent would gather."

Lolita, Texas was named in 1910 for a local resident, Lolita Reese. The town nearly changed its name in the 1950s due to the scandal surrounding Nabokov's novel.

Everyman Press in November of 1994 made a textual error for its new edition of the novel Lolita. After comissioning Martin Amis to write a fresh introduction to the novel, publisher David Campbell was so delighted with the new foreword that he substituted it for the book's foreword written by John Ray Jr. PhD. The first run had to be abandoned.

"The Lolita Syndrome" is the average middle-aged man's secret lust for prepubescent girls. "The Lolita Complex" is an unhealthy desire for underaged girls. This definition drawn from manga-l describes the Japanese version of the same phenomenon:

lolicom/rorikon: Contraction of "Lolita complex". A Lolita complex (named after the character in Nabokov's novel) is an unhealthy desire for very young girls; the Japanese word is more slang and less clinical, but means more or less the same thing. The sub-genre of H-manga featuring young-looking girls is known as loli-manga. In the world of H-manga, the words Lolita and bishoujo (pretty girl) are often used interchangeably.


Speech from the Chairman of the FCC

The text of a speech, given by Reed E. Hundt, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to the American Chamber of Commerce in Moscow, July 20, 1994. Hundt finds parallels between Russian and American history and culture as embodied by Nabokov's life and art.

Upright Amongst Staring Fish

Artwork dedicated to Transparent Things

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