Many illustrators have reimagined the cover of the classic novel Lolita for ages. Most of them have tried to be faithful to the instructions given to his editor by Vladimir Nabokov. Others have more original interpretations and try to graphically reflect the different levels of reading that can be found in the work; romantic, erotic, a portrait of a self-indulgent society, moral or psychopathologic perversion.
I want pure colors, melting clouds, accurately drawn details, a sunburst above a receding road with the light reflected in furrows and ruts, after rain. And no girls. … Who would be capable of creating a romantic, delicately drawn, non-Freudian and non-juvenile, picture for LOLITA (a dissolving remoteness, a soft American landscape, a nostalgic highway—that sort of thing)? There is one subject which I am emphatically opposed to: any kind of representation of a little girl.
I want to share with you a personal selection of the most interesting covers. Some of them have never been printed on paper, but they show an enormous inspiration and they deserve to be highlighted.