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Penguin pulps Lolita after axing fictional foreword

Penguin is pulping the new Penguin Modern Classics edition of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, published at the end of April, after accidentally excising the novel's fictional foreword.

Lolita, Nabokov's controversial novel about a middle-aged man's sexual obsession with a 12-year-old girl, begins with a foreword written by a "John Ray". In the new Penguin edition, however, the foreword has been dropped entirely from the text.

The error was picked up this week on the blog of independent South London bookshop The Bookseller Crow on the Hill.

Penguin Press publicity director Rosie Glaisher said the opening section of the novel had been taken out by accident. "We missed a few pages out. We're pulping the books and reprinting it. It was just a mistake and it's being corrected now," she said.

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it's axing, surely?

I've axed the e.

Ooh.... costly!

Can I direct you all to 'My Secret Life' by Walter?
It's a great book and knocks Lolita out of the park!

Why pulp it?In my opinion the book is improved without it.

Why pulp the Foreword?The book is improved without it.

Is this a slow news day or something?

Why is this not interesting, Julian? It's not just people in sales who read this, despite the name, and it's pretty good to hear something about editorial issues. The endless rounds of trade sales stories might be necessary, but there's more to publishing than the indie v chain debate, and who hates who in Waterstones. Is a little bit of a change that much to ask for?

Why is this not interesting, Julian? It's not just people in sales who read this, despite the name, and it's pretty good to hear something about editorial issues. The endless rounds of trade sales stories might be necessary, but there's more to publishing than the indie v chain debate, and who hates who in Waterstones. Is a little bit of a change that much to ask for?

How could an entire and crucial section of a major novel have been excised "by accident"? "John Ray, Jr., Ph.D." frames the entire text, provides the only alternative voice to Humbert Humbert's, and embodies the smug and barmy "normalcy" that the brilliant and deranged Humbert defies.

The "accident" might have been because they gave the job to an editor fresh out of university. "We'll save 4 pounds fifty from the print run if we drop this bit - who is John Ray anyway".

it's axing, surely?

I've axed the e.

Ooh.... costly!

Can I direct you all to 'My Secret Life' by Walter?
It's a great book and knocks Lolita out of the park!

Why pulp it?In my opinion the book is improved without it.

Why pulp the Foreword?The book is improved without it.

Is this a slow news day or something?

Why is this not interesting, Julian? It's not just people in sales who read this, despite the name, and it's pretty good to hear something about editorial issues. The endless rounds of trade sales stories might be necessary, but there's more to publishing than the indie v chain debate, and who hates who in Waterstones. Is a little bit of a change that much to ask for?

Why is this not interesting, Julian? It's not just people in sales who read this, despite the name, and it's pretty good to hear something about editorial issues. The endless rounds of trade sales stories might be necessary, but there's more to publishing than the indie v chain debate, and who hates who in Waterstones. Is a little bit of a change that much to ask for?

How could an entire and crucial section of a major novel have been excised "by accident"? "John Ray, Jr., Ph.D." frames the entire text, provides the only alternative voice to Humbert Humbert's, and embodies the smug and barmy "normalcy" that the brilliant and deranged Humbert defies.

The "accident" might have been because they gave the job to an editor fresh out of university. "We'll save 4 pounds fifty from the print run if we drop this bit - who is John Ray anyway".