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Nabokov, Vladimir (Author) & Boyd, Brian (Editor). LOLITA, PNIN, PALE FIRE, LOLITA: THE SCREENPLAY: NOVELS 1955-1962. New York City, NY: Library Of America, 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 910 pages. Fine.

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 was 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. Presents, in their definitive form, Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita", "Pnin", "Pale Fire", and as a special bonus, his screenplay adaptation of "Lolita". Three of Vladimir Nabokov's early-American novels, the second volume of the LOA three-volume set. The 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 could easily be considered an American by osmosis since he wrote 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). "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, 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 apparently and inexplicably thought that he was a greater artist than Nabokov. An absolute "must-have" title for Vladimir Nabokov collectors. These titles are great books. This is one of few copies of the First Library of America Slipcased Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The First Slipcased Edition was distributed to libraries and LOA subscribers only. None of the copies was sold to the public. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER VLADIMIR NABOKOV LIBRARY OF AMERICA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1883011191. $150.00

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