Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (Gallimard), 1959 Olympia Press, Paris, 1955, first edition
London, 1959 Wahlstrom & Widstrand, Stockholm, 1957
Buenos Aires, 1959 Frankfurt, 1990
– Ben Wiseman
Barbara deWilde Jamie Keenan
1961 GR, Athens –
Olympia Press, Paris, 1961 Tokyo, 1962
Paris, 1963 Michael Bierut
Random House, 2005
Oisterwijk, The Hague, 1958 Stockholm, 1965
London, 2006 London, 2010
Customers at a London bookshop read the bestseller ‘Lolita’ by Vladimir Nabokov.
In 1958, Nabokov wrote to his new American publisher, Walter J. Minton at Putnam,
about the cover for his forthcoming novel, Lolita.
In a letter of 1 March 1958 Nabokov wrote:
“What about the jacket? After thinking it over, I would rather not involve butterflies.
Do you think it could be possible to find today in New York an artist who would not be
influenced in his work by the general cartoonesque and primitivist style jacket illustration?
Who would be capable of creating a romantic, delicately drawn, non-Freudian and
non-juvenile, picture for LOLITA (a dissolving remoteness, a soft American
landscape, a nostalgic highway—that sort of thing)? There is one subject which
I am emphatically opposed to: any kind of representation of a little girl.”
Nabokov on different Lolita covers