by Suellen Stringer-Hye
Jean and Alexander Heard Library
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.
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.
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.
This site is devoted to classic reviews from the Atlantic Monthly. Lolita as reviewed in 1958 by Charles Rolo.
"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.
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
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.
The text of Humbert Humbert's Wanted poem which begins:
The text of Humbert Humbert's Justice, poem which begins:
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?
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 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
Times for current showings of Lyne's Lolita.
Hitchcock and Nabokov
Internet Movie database. A "writer filmography" for Vladimir Nabokov.
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 is often identified with fashion and the fashion industry. This designer's name derives in part from Nabokov's novel.
The home page for Alfred Appel, the first and still unsurpassed interpreter of Nabokov and American Popular Culture.
Two pictures of Lolita by famed photographer William Wegman.
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)
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.
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.
Artwork dedicated to Transparent Things
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