Vladimir Nabokov (1971), in
response to a question about
the critical response to
Ada:

the main favor I ask of the
serious critic is sufficient
perceptiveness to understand
that whatever term or trope I
use, my purpose is not to be
facetiously flashy or grotesquely
obscure but to express what
I feel and think with the utmost
truthfulness and perception.

(SO 179)



Original Penguin (1970) cover
forAda modified from Nabokov’s
design suggestion, which included
his drawing of a Cattleya orchid.

Nabokov’s copy of the design
he sent to Penguin: three orchids,
Ophrys ferrum-equinum [Van?: see
101.16-17], Oncidium [now
Trichocentrum] luridum [Lucette?:
see 419.27-28 and 464.02] and
Cattleya labiata[the Crimson
Cattleya, the Ruby-Lipped
Cattleya; Ada: see 56.07]. VN’s
caption below reads: “The general
idea for Ada’s Penguin cover
which I sent them in 1969. VN”

The first edition, the American
hardback (McGraw-Hill, 1969),
in the standard lettering for the
McGraw-Hill Nabokov titles.

The first UK edition (Weidenfeld
and Nicolson, 1969), which was
the first to use the novel’s built-in
blurb on the front and rear
end-flaps.


The first US paperback (Fawcett,
1970), in the style of its time
rather than the novel’s.

The first French edition (Fayard,
1975), with and without the
advertising band. Nabokov spent
months correcting the translation
by Gilles Chahine and
Jean-Bernard Blandenier. This
edition, like the first UK edition,
uses the novel's built-in blurb
for its inside cover flaps.


 

The first German edition (Rowohlt,
1974), which Vladimir and Véra
Nabokov checked over a number
of days with the publisher and
translators.



Cover of Vintage Edition (1990),
on which AdaOnline is based


Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle
Vladimir Nabokov

Introduction to AdaOnline

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