Playboy gets exclusive rights to publish Nabokov’s last work
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Playboy gets exclusive rights to publish Nabokov’s last work

9 Jul, 11:04 PM

Vadmir Nabokov, the famous Russian novelist and short story writer, will have his final, unfinished and coveted novella distributed by Playboy.

The provocative men's magazine plans to print a 5,000 word excerpt from the unfinished novella, entitled, "The Original of Laura," in their December issue, The New York Observer writes.

The release of the late Nabokov's unfinished work will be the latest installment in a long publishing tradition between the author and the magazine.

Amy Grace Lloyd, Playboy's literary editor since 2005, "pulled out all the stops" to try and secure the rights to the first excerpt of the novella, or serial.  She made sure Hugh Hefner, Playboy's owner, take time out from his television show and his girlfriends to get him to open his checkbook and pay top dollar.

"I'm happy to tell you we've never paid this much for any excerpt before, ever," said Lloyd. "There are parts of it that are much more cohesive than others, but I found it fascinating in that way."

The December issue will hit newsstands on November 10th, one week before Knopf releases the book in stores.

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