Lolita in the Afterlife: On Beauty, Risk, and Reckoning with the Most Indelible and Shocking Novel of the Twentieth Century

Edited by Williams alumna Jenny Minton Quigley ’93, whose father, the late Walter Minton ’45, first published Lolita in the U.S. in 1958 as president of G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Includes an essay by Jim Shepard, English professor.

From the publisher:

A vibrant collection of sharp and essential modern pieces on Vladimir Nabokov’s perennially provocative book—with original contributions from a stellar cast of prominent 21st-century writers.

In 1958, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita was published in the U.S. to immediate controversy and best-sellerdom. More than 60 years later, this phenomenal novel generates as much buzz as it did when originally published. Central to countless issues at the forefront of our national discourse—art and politics, race and whiteness, gender and power, sexual trauma—Lolita lives on in an afterlife as blinding as a supernova.