The Story of a Cover Girl: Leading Designers and Illustrators Reimagine Nabokov’s Lolita

“Love itself is not selfish, devouring or cruel, but in human beings it suffers a terrible coexistence with those qualities.”

Jamie Keenan
Linn Olofsdotter

Lolita is about obsession and narcissistic appetite, misogyny and contemptuous rejection, not only of women, but of humanity itself. And yet. It is also about love; if it were not, the book would not be so heart-stoppingly beautiful.

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Purity of feeling must live and breathe in the impure gardens of our confused, compromised, corrupt, and broken hearts. Love itself is not selfish, devouring or cruel, but in human beings it suffers a terrible coexistence with those qualities. . . . In most people, this contradiction will never take the florid form it takes in Humbert Humbert. But such impossible, infernal combinations are there in all of us, and we know it. That Lolita renders this human condition at such an extreme, so truthfully, and yes, as von Rezorri says, convincingly, is the book’s most shocking quality. It is why it will never be forgotten. It is also why no one will ever succeed in describing it fully on a book jacket. But how wonderful that so many have tried.

Michael Bierut

Ellen Lupton

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The Heads of State

Jessica Hische
Paula Scher
Debbie Millman
Andy Pressman

Henry Sene Yee

Lolita: The Story of a Cover Girl is a rare gem at the intersection of lust for literature and lust for design, and a superb addition to these art and design projects inspired by literary classics.

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