NABOKV-L post 0018738, Tue, 3 Nov 2009 18:22:44 -0500

ANNC: Reader's Guide to Nabokov's Lolita

A Reader’s Guide to Nabokov’s “Lolita”
by Julian Connolly
Cloth: ISBN 978-1-934843-65-9, 210 pp. $40.00
Paper: ISBN 978-1-934843-66-6, 210 pp. $21.00

Summary: One of the most fascinating and controversial novels of the
twentieth century, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is renown for its
innovative style and notorious for its subject matter and influence on
popular culture. A Reader’s Guide to Nabokov’s “Lolita” guides readers
through the intricacies of Nabokov’s work and helps them achieve a
better understanding of his rich artistic design. The book opens with a
detailed chronology of Nabokov’s life and literary career. Chapters
include an analysis of the novel, a discussion of its precursors in
Nabokov’s work and in world literature, an essay on the character of
Dolly Haze (Humbert’s “Lolita”), and a commentary on the critical and
cultural afterlife of the novel. The volume concludes with an annotated
bibliography of selected critical reading. The guide should prove
illuminating both for first-time readers of Lolita and for experienced
re-readers of Nabokov’s text.

Author: Julian W. Connolly (Ph.D. Harvard, 1977) is Professor of Slavic
Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia. He is the
author of Nabokov’s Early Fiction: Patterns of Self and Other (1992) and
editor of Nabokov and His Fiction: New Perspectives (1999) and The
Cambridge Companion to Nabokov (2005). He has published over sixty
articles on Russian literature.

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