October: Lolita

Hey guys,

So our first meeting will be on Thursday at lunch. We think we’re probably going to be reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I think the first passage is honestly some of the best literature ever written, and I hope you guys like it. If you don’t have it you can get it at any bookstore, the library, here, or this is a pdf I found (This appears to be a pdf of the entire book, but I only spent a couple seconds looking over it so I can’t be sure whether it is identical and whether the file is secure). I think we should try to read the first 25 pages by the Tuesday after next.

Vladimir Nabokov was a Russian-born writer. He wrote both in English and in Russian. Lolita was written in 1955 and was his most famous novel, considered his best English work. His other book, Pale Fire, is also very popular. He lived in Berlin from 1922-1937, then Manhattan, and then Oregon, before making his final move to Switzerland. Nabokov was a distinguished entomologist, and was more specifically interested in the study of lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). He had synesthesia, which might have contributed to his creative and ethereal writing style. He was part of the Moderist and Postmodernist literary movement.

I found this audio recording of Vladimir Nabokov reading some of his poems and excerpts which is pretty cool:

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The house where Nabokov wrote Lolita                          Nabokov                            Vera and Vladimir Nabokov

When we finish we will watch Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation.

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