Lolita - The Story of a Cover Girl: Vladimir Nabokov's Novel in Art and Design

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What should Lolita look like? The question has dogged book-cover designers since 1955, when Lolita was first published in a plain green wrapper. The heroine of Vladimir Nabokov's classic novel has often been shown as a teenage seductress in heart-shaped glasses--a deceptive image that misreads the book but has seeped deep into our cultural life, from fashion to film.

Lolita - The Story of a Cover Girl: Vladimir Nabokov's Novel in Art and Design reconsiders the cover of Lolita. Eighty renowned graphic designers and illustrators (including Paula Scher, Jessica Hische, Jessica Helfand, and Peter Mendelsund) offer their own takes on the book's jacket, while graphic-design critics and Nabokov scholars survey more than half a century of Lolita covers. You'll also find thoughtful essays from such design luminaries as Mary Gaitskill, Debbie Millman, Michael Bierut, Peter Mendelsund, Jessica Helfand, Alice Twemlow, Johanna Drucker, Leland de la Durantaye, Ellen Pifer, and Stephen Blackwell.

Through the lenses of design and literature, Lolita - The Story of a Cover Girl tells the strange design history of one of the most important novels of the 20th century--and offers a new way for thinking visually about difficult books. You'll never look at Lolita the same way again.
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About the author

John Bertram is the editor of "Venus Febriculosa," a website devoted to contemporary literature and the art and design of books. He is the principal of Bertram Architects in Los Angeles.

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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Jul 19, 2013
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9781440329883
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Language
English
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Genres
Design / Book
Design / Graphic Arts / General
Literary Criticism / Reference
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Content protection
This content is DRM protected.
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