I probably shouldn’t admit that I have never read Lolita… I’ve never even seen Kubrick’s movie but having worked for Borders and B&N and a book wholesaler, I’ve seen plenty of covers for this book. Half the time the cover is something approaching soft core porn, the other half… well, from a design standpoint is nothing worth writing home about.
This cover was part of a competition run by architect and blogger, John Bertram, which became a book called Lolita: The Story of a Cover Girl. Sixty designers participated in a effort to create a better cover for a story that essentially revolves around the rape of a child. Pretty sensitive material to handle for a designer but a worthy one I think. Besides, at the end of the day, this cover meets my criteria for posting: I like it. I’d pick this up and read the cover and I’ve never had the desire to that for this particular title. Ever.
See more about Recovering Lolita here.