Lot 665: Very rare DS, two pages, 8.5 x 11, August 4, 1969. Document extending a deadline for an option agreement between Nabokov and McGraw Hill International "with respect to the motion picture and allied rights in and to that certain literary work entitled 'Ada or Ardor.'" Signed at the conclusion by Nabokov, and countersigned by a representative of Columbia Pictures. In fine condition, with punch and staple holes to the top. In 1969 Nabokov published Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle, his longest and arguably most difficult book, which he later referred to as his 'most cosmopolitan and poetic novel.' Noted scholar Alfred Appel also gave it high critical praise, writing that Ada 'provides further evidence that [Nabokov] is a peer of Kafka, Proust and Joyce.' Although Columbia Pictures would go on to pay half a million dollars for the film rights, the project never came to fruition. Nabokov is extremely rare in any form, and this piece is particularly desirable as it directly relates to one of his novels.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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