Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita published in 1958

Cover of Lolita

It was on this day in 1958 that G.P. Putnam's Sons published in the United States Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. Controversial at the time, Lolita is now considered a classic: the Modern Library ranks it as the fourth greatest novel of the 20th century. One-time Stanford Russian literature instructor Nabokov had great success with the publication; according to the Dictionary of Literary Biography, the novel sold "one hundred thousand copies in three weeks. It soon reached the top of the best-seller list and remained there for seven weeks." You can read here an article from Stanford Magazine that looks at the connections between Nabokov's experience at Stanford and his writing Lolita.

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