A Chronological Look at Playboy’s Most Scandalous Fiction

The Original of Laura by Vladimir Nabokov – December 2009

The brouhaha surrounding the fate of Vladimir Nabokov’s unfinished novel — especially given the author’s instructions that it be burned after his death — understandably aroused widespread curiosity. During the bidding war over the book’s serial rights, Playboy‘s literary editor Amy Grace Loyd sent Nabokov’s agent white orchids in a reference to his novel Ada, a move that helped secure the magazine’s acquisition of the exclusive and highly controversial excerpt for its December 2009 issue.