Adventures in Reading


Publishing in the 1950s

From Vladimir Nabokov’s essay “On A Book Entitled Lolita” from November 12, 1956:

“Their [publishing companies] refusal to buy the book was based not on my treatment of the theme but on the theme itself, for there are at least three themes which are utterly taboo as far as most American publishers are concerned. The two others are: a Negro-White marriage which is a complete and glorious success resulting in lots of children and grandchildren; and the total atheist who lives a happy and useful life, and dies in his sleep at the age of 106.”

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