NOVELS 1955-1962: LOLITA, PNIN, PALE FIRE, LOLITA: THE SCREENPLAY - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Library of America Slipcased Edition/First Printing - ONLY COPY ONLINE

Nabokov, Vladimir (Author) & Boyd, Brian (Editor)

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1st Printing. 910 pages. Published in 1996. Retrospective collection of the author's American novels. The First Slipcased Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a Slipcased Edition for distribution to libraries and LOA subscribers only. None of the copies were sold to the public. The Slipcased Edition has the same ISBN as the regular trade edition. The Slipcased Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production: Regular-sized volume format. Text by Vladimir Nabokov edited and annotated by Brian Boyd. Cream hard board slipcase. Printed to the highest standards on acid-free paper, utilizing sewn binding, closely woven rayon cloth boards, satin bound-in ribbon marker, and a page layout that is both readable and elegant. The book is guaranteed to last for several generations of readers and collectors (despite frequent and regular use, the estimated life span of Library of America Editions is 1000 years; un-used, they will last forever). Without DJ, as issued. Re-presents Valdimir Nabokov's "Lolita", "Pnin", "Pale Fire", and as a bonus, his screenplay adaptation of "Lolita". Three of Vladimir Nabokov's early-American novels, the second of a three-volume set. The LOA Nabokov set is a major literary event: "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 American soil. Contains all his American fiction and nonfiction writings and incorporates the corrections the author added to his personal editions" (Publisher's blurb). "Contains his most acclaimed and popular works. The short, often anthologized 'Pnin' is included, as is 'Pale Fire', Nabokov's most elaborate fictional joke: 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 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, controversial movie directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Jeremy Irons" (Publisher's blurb). The latter adaptation was written by Stephen Schiff, a noble failure that pales beside the Nabokov original, but at least, Schiff's screenplay was not mangled as Nabokov's was by the megalomaniacal Kubrick, who inexplicably thought that he was a greater artist than Nabokov. An absolute "must-have" title for Vladimir Nabokov collectors. These titles are great books. The First Slipcased Edition was distributed to libraries and LOA subscribers only. None of the copies were sold to the public. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Library of America Slipcased Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO LILA AZAM ZANGANEH'S "THE ENCHANTER" AND OTHER LIBRARY OF AMERICA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1883011191. Bookseller Inventory #

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Review: 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.

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Title: NOVELS 1955-1962: LOLITA, PNIN, PALE FIRE, ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Library Of America
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.

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