...as Sting has called it, certainly has had its share of troubles over the years. The latest Lolita snafu is the (at press time) lack of U.S. distributor for Adrian Lyne's new film version of the novel, starring Jeremy Irons, which will get a European release September 26. Vintage, which had planned to release a new movie tie-in edition this fall, has decided to go ahead with its 25,000 first printing, which features new (not movie still) cover art. Vintage had originally planned to ship books by August 27 so that the new Lolita would be in stores for, appropriately, Banned Books Week (September 22-28); at press time the publisher had bumped up the ship date to August 13, so that books are in stores to time with Roger Angell's appreciation of Lolita, an article scheduled to run in the August 24 New Yorker. Vintage is also releasing a new edition of Nabokov's screenplay of Lolita, ultimately rejected by director Stanley Kubrick for his classic 1962 film adaptation. The books join the Random House Audio release of Lolita, read by Irons and issued this past April.
Volume 243 Issue 32 08/11/1997