Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0027067, Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:34:36 -0300

RES: [NABOKV-L] VN & book cover, NYC Broadway book vendor table
B. Karp: VN & book cover, NYC Broadway book vendor table : ​copy of one of the Lolita covers / Barrie Karp/ NYC​

Jansy Mello: Interesting image of a vendor's table with Kubrick's "Lolita" on the cover of a book that records events that "shook the literary world".

On a smaller scale, does anyone know what does "E" separating the two "H"s, which form Lolita's father's name, stand for? (Harold E. Haze?)

I understand that the "F" in Dolly's husband Richard F. Schiller's name indicates the German poet Friedrich Schiller's.

In Humbert's capricious rendering of his name he adds an "E" (for "Edgar") to it, careful not to spoil the repetition (E.Humbert Humbert).

"By engaging in church work as well as by getting to know the better mothers of Lo's schoolmates, Charlotte in the course of twenty months or so had managed to become if not a prominent, at least an acceptable citizen, but never before had she come under that thrilling rubrique, and it was I who put her there, Mr. Edgar H. Humbert (I threw in the "Edgar" just for the heck of it), "writer and explorer."

In his reference to Edgar Allan Poe he omits the poet's adopted middle-name (Allan) and names him (capriciously?) Harry Edgar... that's not a real nickname for anyone called Harold, is it? Is there any motif behind HH's prank?

"Virginia was not quite fourteen when Harry Edgar possessed her. He gave her lessons in algebra. Je m'imagine cela. They spent their honeymoon at Petersburg, Fla. "Monsieur Poe-poe," as that boy in one of Monsieur Humbert Humbert's classes in Paris called the poet-poet."

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