Publishing Lolita

Nabokov writes to his friend Morris Bishop, Chairman of the Department of Romance Languages at Cornell, urging him to give Lolita a try. He is emphatic about the merits of the novel: "I know that Lolita is my best book so far. I calmly lean on my conviction that it is a serious work of art, and that no court could prove it to be 'lewd and libertine'."

Vladimir Nabokov. Typed letter to Morris Bishop, March 6, 1956.

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