First Edition of Vladimir Nabokov's Laughter in the Dark

  • Laughter in the Dark.

Laughter in the Dark.

Item Number: 74046

Indianapolis/ New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1938.

First edition of this early Nabokov novel. Octavo, original green cloth. Near fine in a good dust jacket with some chips and tears to the rear panel.

The first English-language edition of Laughter in the Dark appeared in England under the title Camera Obscura in 1936 but Nabokov so disliked the translation that he decided to produce his own translation for the American edition. It was adapted to the 1969 film directed by Tony Richardson, which was originally intended to star Richard Burton as Albinus. When he was fired for drunkenness, he was replaced by Nicol Williamson. Anna Karina played Margot and Jean-Claude Drouot Axel Rex.