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by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita Resources

Movie or TV Productions

Lolita, 1962

Stanley Kubrick (director of The Shining and other greats) directed Lolita in the 1962. It starred James Mason and Sue Lyon, with Peter Sellers as a super-freaky Clare Quilty. Nabokov wrote the screenplay, which was nominated for an academy award. His screenplay (dated Summer 1960 and revised December 1973) was published by McGraw-Hill in 1974.

Lolita, 1997

The movie was made again in 1997 starring Jeremy Irons and directed by Adrian Lyne. This version was given mixed reviews by critics and was delayed for over a year because of its controversial subject matter.

Historical Documents

Herald Tribune Interview (1962)

One of Nabokov's earliest interviews on Lolita.

Playboy Interview (1964)

A good discussion of the first movie version.

The Sunday Times Interview (1969)

A clever and witty exchange with the author.

Original Review in the NY Times (1958)

A famous review by Orville Prescott.

Original Review in the National Review (1958)

"A Lance into Cotton Wool," by Frank S. Meyer. This review ran in the Nov. 22, 1958, issue of National Review.

"Think Tank; 'Lolita' Turns 40, Still Arguing for A Right to Exist"

Outrage over Adrian Lyne's film version of the novel (August 1, 1998).

"Vintage Review: Even in 1958, 'Lolita' was Esthetic Bliss"

Retrospective Review of Lolita in the Los Angeles Times (2009)

The Complete Review

A website with snippets of dozens of original reviews.

Why Nabokov Detests Freud

Excerpts from interviews with Nabokov.

NY Times Topic Page

Includes links to everything the NY Times has written on Nabokov.


1962 Movie Trailer

Original trailer of Stanley Kubrick's Lolita (1962).

1997 Movie Clip

Clip from the opening of Adrian Lyne's Lolita (1997).

Lolita Fashion

Clip of a Gothic Lolita Fashion Show.

Author Interview

Nabokov discusses Lolita.


Nabokov Interview

Clips of a 1969 BBC interview with Nabokov.

At 50, 'Lolita' is Aging Well

A 2005 All Things Considered episode on Lolita, from NPR.

'Lolita' Turns 50

More from NPR: "Madeleine Brand explores how Vladimir Nabokov's groundbreaking novel about forbidden desire has rippled out into American culture."

50 Years Later, 'Lolita' Still Seduces Readers

This two-part special from NPR also includes lots of other great audio links, including Nabokov reading from Lolita and clips of actor Jeremy Irons's reading of the audio book.

Lolita Audiobook SPONSORED

Purchase and download the Audiobook from Random House Audio


Lolita Fashion

Lolita fashion, described as "The hottest fashion out of Japan turns adults into dollies – re-creating the look in New York just takes a little dress-up."

Gothic Lolita

Many links to other sites that will help you fully establish your Gothic Lolita image.

Road Trip

An itinerary of Humbert and Lolita's trips around the United States.

Book Covers

Over 175 different covers for the novel

The Original

Photos of the first editions of Lolita.

The Author

A photo of Nabokov.

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