Vladimir Nabokov

Sourcing a blurb

In a conversation with a friend about Lolita, an interesting problem arose. This is the cover of the second Vintage International edition of the book:

lolita

In the upper left corner is the blurb “The only convincing love story of our Century” —Vanity Fair. You can imagine why this characterization could be a problem. I have never had the great luck to teach Lolita in a course, but just by looking at this cover I can imagine conversations in intro lit classrooms across the country centering on this practically anonymous quotation.

So I decided to track the source down.

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