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Playboy Magazine begins serialization of lost Nabokov novella ;

November 10, 2009 - UNITED STATES

Playboy Magazine, of the scantily clad women and celebrity interviews, won the rights to serialize the lost Vladimir Nabokov novella, The Original of Laura. The story by the Russian-born American novelist, about an overweight academic in an unhappy marriage to a promiscuous woman, has stayed hidden for more than 30 years. Though the author's dying wish was for the uncompleted work to be destroyed by his heirs, Nabokov's son Dmitri put the book on the market in the Spring.

Playboy Magazine, best known for pictures of scantily clad women and celebrity interviews, won the rights to serialize the lost Vladimir Nabokov novella, "The Original of Laura." The story by the Russian-born American novelist, about an overweight academic in an unhappy marriage to a promiscuous woman, has stayed hidden for three decades. Though the author's dying wish was for the uncompleted work to be destroyed, his son Dmitri put the book on the market. The magazine will carry a 5000-word excerpt of the novella, according to London's Independent newspaper. Publication of the serial has a precedent. Playboy serialized Nabokov's 1969 novel, "Ada," and also conducted a number of important interviews with him, in which he discussed some of the controversy surrounding his most famous novel, "Lolita." Nabokov had a long and mutually agreeable relationship with Playboy, according to the Independent. The magazine serialised his 1969 novel, Ada. It also conducted a number of important interviews with him, in which he discussed some of the controversy that surrounded his most famous novel, "Lolita." Jul/09

'Playboy wins rights to serialise lost Nabokov novella (Independent 10 Jul 2009)

Date written/update: 2009-11-10