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Series II. Lolita Correspondence between Olympia Press, Clairouin, and Vladimir Nabokov [series]:
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Correspondence between Olympia Press and the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, June 6, 1955 to December 26, 1955 .
10 items (4 TLS from Girodias, 5 TL from various parties, including carbon of letter sent by G. to VN). Charts beginning of relationship between G. and VN, and of Lolita's early publication history. Concerns the signing of contracts, G.'s suggestion that VN eliminate French phrases in the novel (7.1.55), the French publication of Lolita., and G.'s early claim that he may not be able to register copyright in France (9.27.55).

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, and the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, March 20, 1956 to March 28, 1956 .
5 items (2 TLS from Girodias, 3 TL from Clairouin), regarding the search for an American publisher for Lolita.. G. asserts his right to negotiate the contract but claims that he will do nothing without informing VN. Ergaz notes VN's new hopes that Lolita. will be published in the US (he had not so hoped before), but explains that she has written to VN asking about the impact of any controversy on his position as university professor.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Vladimir Nabokov, June 6, 1956 to March 12, 1957 .
14 items (3 TLS from Girodias, 9 TL from various parties, 2 statement). Various financial transactions and accountings, as well as discussion of translation rights. Two letters from Girodias to VN (probably copies sent to Clairouin) outlining G.'s position with regard to VN's intention of finding an American publisher for Lolita, particularly in light of the copyright question and possible legal difficulties (11.12.56 & 3.12.57). G. reminds VN that Olympia took an enormous risk in publishing the novel, and that all current interest in Lolita. is due to the important first publication (3.12.57).

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Vladimir Nabokov, March 20, 1957 to May 17, 1957 .
9 items (2 TLS and 1 signed autograph from Girodias, 5 TL from various parties). Regarding the French translation of Lolita as well as some financial matters. Three letters from G. to VN (probably copies sent to Clairouin) discussing the status of negotiations with American publishers, and finally breaking off communication. G. asks whether VN would consider accepting reduced royalties (4.11.57), and explains his wish to search out a "firm of secondary importance" with whom to publish a joint edition (5.6.57). Stresses that VN has nothing to fear from G (5.6.57) but finally writes to Ergaz in exasperation that he must cut short such a "sterile" dialogue" (5.17.57).

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Vladimir Nabokov, August 8, 1957 to November 8, 1957 .
11 items (5 TLS from Olympia and 6 TL from various parties). Includes a copies of letters sent from G. to VN answering various accusations (about the price of the book relative to VN's royalties, and about the sending of statements), refusing to acknowledging the rupture of their contract, and expressing G.'s sense that he is a "victim of your personal problems." Other letters concern translation and financial matters, including the search for an American publisher for Lolita.. Ergaz (11.8.57) acknowledges the unfortunate state of G.'s relationship with VN, and hopes VN will take G.'s demand that Olympia be mentioned in all editions of Lolita. (10.29.57) in the "right way."

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Correspondence between Olympia Press and the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, November 20, 1957 to December 31, 1957 .
9 items (5 TLS , 4 TL and a statement) charts the escalation of the dispute between VN and G., as G. threatens to publish (in opposition to VN's express wishes) an American edition of Lolita under Olympia's imprint and in conjunction with an American firm (11.20.57), while accusing VN of acting in bad faith (both towards Ergaz and Girodias). G. tells his side of the story and describes Putnam's offer for Lolita. Ergaz expresses irritation with VN, but wonders why G. insists on threatening VN, as their interests are the same, and conciliation would seem the only solution (11.29.57).

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, and the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, January 2, 1958 to January 31, 1958 .
6 items (2 TLS, 4 TL), regarding dispute between VN and G., with G. attempting to explain his actions (sending the check for the "derisory" sum of Fr 178, for example), claiming that he is not looking to quarrel. VN is by now refusing to accept G.'s checks.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press and the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, February 6, 1958 to March 24, 1958 .
6 items (4 TLS and 2 TL). Discussing financial matters, including VN's decision to accept more royalty payments from Olympia.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press and the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, March 28, 1958 to May 16, 1958 .
6 items (3 TLS and 3 TL). Concerning financial matters as well as G.'s demand that mention of the original (Olympia Press) edition in all translations of Lolita. Ergaz writes that while VN is happy with Kahane's translation, a rare occurrence (4.1.58), he has categorically refused this demand, which G. claims has nothing to do with VN anyway (3.28.58 & 5.16.58). Mention (5.16.58) of new legal difficulties ahead for G.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press and the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, July 21, 1958 to October 22, 1958 .
12 items (4 TLS, 6 TL, 2 statements). Concerning translation matters, the selling of translation rights in Japan, Finland, Britain, Italy and Spain, as well as South America. Includes letter from Clairouin with list of books and authors published by Weidenfeld.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press and the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, November 7, 1958 to December 31, 1958 .
7 items (2 TLS, 4 TL, 2 statements). Concerning the litigation surrounding Lolita and Olympia (11.7.58), rumors of a split between VN and Olympia (11.14.58), a pirated Polish serial edition of Lolita being published in Israel (12.5.58), and the continuing "cold war" being lobbied by the Nabokovs.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press and the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, January 1959 .
7 items (4 TLS, 3 TL), tallying up sales for the past year (1958), concerning the Swedish contract (1.13.59), as well as the contract with Weidenfeld. G. offers Ergaz the sum of Frs. 500 000 for the "many sacrifices that you have had to make in order to craft an agreement with M. N." (1.5.59).

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Correspondence between Olympia Press and the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, February 4, 1959 to February 20, 1959 .
12 items (6 TLS, 5 TL, 1 statement, with 2 carbon copies of letters sent by Girodias to Steimatzki). Concerning the contract dispute between Olympia, VN, Steimatzki and Putnam's. VN suddenly withdraws consent to a deal with the Israeli firm of Steimatzki, a deal that G. claims he had reservations about, and that is already signed by 2 of 3 parties. G. assures Schebeko that his firm is one that fulfils its obligations (2.10.59) and warns Steimatzki that, based on G.'s experience, Putnam's is unlikely to reconsider its objections to Steimatzki's plan of reproducing the Putnam edition of Lolita (2.12.59). Mention of VN's preference for the Putnam edition.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press and the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, March 6, 1959 to May 11, 1959 .
7 items (3 TLS, 4 TL). G. asks after the status of negotiations with Mondadori (3.5.59). Schebeko compiles list of foreign language contracts. Brief return to Steimatzki problem (3.13.59), but moving on to a new issue: the inclusion in the Olympia edition of Lolita of Olympia's foreword, which VN takes as an unauthorized addition to his text, and therefore prohibited by his contract with Olympia (4.15.59). G claims that the foreword (concerning legal matters) is his prerogative, especially given a recent interview by VN misrepresenting (according to G.) Olympia's role in the publication of Lolita. (4.29.59 & 5.11.59).

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Correspondence between Olympia Press and the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, May 20, 1959 to August 11, 1959 .
8 items (3 TLS with autograph calcuations attached to 8.6.59, 3 TL, 1 autograph note, 1 statement). List of translation contracts (6.19.59) and discussion of various financial/accounting matters (including a bill for The Black Diaries of Roger Casement).

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Correspondence between Olympia Press and the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, September 3, 1959 to September 7, 1959 .
3 items (1 TLS, 2 TL). Concerns the "Open Letter" that Girodias would like to see signed by Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck and William Faulkner. G. solicits Schebeko's help, but she is reluctant to press these writers. Includes 7 copies of the "Open Letter".

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Correspondence between Olympia Press and the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, September 7, 1959 to November 9, 1959 .
9 items (3 TLS, 6 TL). Concerning various translation and accounting matters. More trouble with Steimatzki (though of a lesser variety).

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Correspondence between Olympia Press and the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, January 6, 1960 to January 30, 1960 .
8 items (3 TLS, 3 TL, 1 statement, 1 autograph draft dated 1.20.60). Concerning financial matters, particularly the method of paying Olympia the sums owed from translations of Lolita. Girodias objects to VN's claim that their original contract makes no provision for down-market editions of Lolita, and to VN's refusal to send copies of contracts involving translation rights to G (1.19.60). Note from Schebeko deploring VN's bad faith.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Odette Hummel February 2, 1960 to March 8, 1960 .
8 items (3 TLS, 5 TL). G. objects to VN's lawyer's opinion that the original contract between VN and Olympia does not cover editions "a bon marche" (2.2.60) Correspondence between Odette Hummel and Clairouin re the translation rights for Lolita, which Hummel has some claim to.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Odette Hummel March 11, 1960 to April 6, 1960 .
8 items (2 TLS, 4 TL, 2 bank statements, with autograph calculations). Concerns the financial arrangements with Odette Hummel.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Odette Hummel April 6, 1960 to May 12, 1960 .
10 items (4 TLS, 5 TL, 1 statement). Concerning the contract with Mondadori, especially the payment due Hummel. Mention of the Japanese and Swedish translation rights. Mention of William Burroughs' Naked Lunch, which Olympia also publishes and would like Mondadori to publish.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Odette Hummel May 16, 1960 to June 27, 1960 .
12 items (6 TLS, 6 TL). Regarding the financial matters re: translation of Lolita into Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Finnish, Portuguese, Hebrew etc. Discussing course of action with regard to the pirated editions of Lolita. in Lebanon (which action VN would like G. to disassociate himself from).

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Odette Hummel July 1, 1960 to November 15, 1960 .
12 items (4 TLS, 6 TL, 1 statement, 1 receipt). G. asks (7.1.60) once more for copies of the Swedish contracts and all other such translation contracts, or he will be forced to commence litigation, which in fact he does later initiate (8.30.60). Regulation of various financial matters.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Odette Hummel November 15, 1960 to February 1, 1961 .
11 items (4 TLS, 3 TL, 3 statements, 1 autograph calculations). Various statements of earnings, royalties due etc. Repeated request by G., on behalf of Hummel, for statements from the Brazilian, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, Argentine, German, Israeli, Swedish and Greek publishers.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press and the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, February 6, 1961 to April 24, 1961 .
14 items (5 TLS, 9 TL, including copies of 3 of the TLS). Continuing dispute over payments (especially re Rowohlt) from and to Olympia. Litigation is imminent, with mention of meetings between lawyers. Unpleasant exchange between Girodias and Ergaz over a Playboy article, of whose appearance neither Ergaz nor VN were informed (4.20.61 & 4.24.61). G. claims that he was forced to such tactics by the nature of his relationship with VN, a relationship whose regrettably negative character is altogether VN's fault (4.24.61). Reference to meeting with VN in which the latter apparently refused to acknowledge G. Includes carbon of letter G. is sending to Mr. Spectorsky (of Playboy).

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Odette Hummel, May 3, 1961 to June 20, 1961
10 items (3 TLS, 6 TL, including copies of 3 TLS and 1 TL, with 1 statement). Regarding arrangements with Odette Hummel. G. threatens action over VN and Clairouin's non-payment.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Odette Hummel, June 21, 1961 to August 24, 1961
9 items (4 TLS, 4 TL, and 1 statement). Concerns both VN and G.'s deliberate non-payment of the sums owed each other, which is causing problems for Odette Hummel. Litigation between Olympia and VN continues.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press and the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, November 16, 1961 to November 24, 1961 .
5 items (3 TLS with enclosure, 2 TL). Concerning contracts with Weidenfeld & Nicolson and with Putnam's, and discussing some new "imbroglio" which Schebeko does not quite comprehend. Deals with some accounting matters.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Odette Hummel December 14, 1961 to March 28, 1962 .
8 items (1 TLS, 3 TL, 3 typed statements and 1 autograph statement on graph paper). Settling various financial affairs. Hummel notifies Clairouin that she has not received any statements from Rowohlt (4.10.62).

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Odette Hummel, April 5, 1962 to September 26, 1962 .
14 items (5 TLS, 9 TL). Letter from Mairesse informing G. that the film version of Lolita has just been released in New York. Includes a list of foreign contracts.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Odette Hummel October 3, 1962 to December 31, 1962 .
11 items (1 TLS, 9 TL, 1 receipt). Concerning primarily payment to Odette Hummel and other accounting matters re: Lolita. Includes a list of foreign contracts (attached to 9.21.62).

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Hummel, January 1963 to April 29, 1964 .
9 items (1TLS, 8 TL). Discussing various financial affairs (the Corgi and Greek editions of Lolita).

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Odette Hummel, May 4, 1963 to August 7, 1963 .
9 items (2 TLS, 5 TL, 1 statement, 1 receipt). Letters enclosing or including statements of sales for foreign editions of Lolita. 8.5.63 and 8.6.63 discussing briefly some difficulty with the Rowohlt account.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Odette Hummel, August 26, 1963 to December 18, 1963 .
7 items (6 TL, 1 statement). Letters enclosing or including statement of sales both of translations of Lolita and of Olympia's edition of the same.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Odette Hummel, January 1964 to June 4, 1964 .
10 items (1 TLS, 9 TL). Concerning a delay in the provision of Olympia's statement (3.12.64, 4.29.64, 5.27.64); other transactions with Hummel.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, and Odette Hummel, June 11, 1964 to April 23, 1965 .
12 items (12 TL). Letters enclosing or including statements of sales for foreign editions of Lolita; all transactions involving Hummel.

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Correspondence between Olympia Press, and the Bureau Litteraire D. Clairouin, July 27, 1965 to February 14, 1968 .
9 items (3 TLS, 4 TL, 2 statements). Discussing the new legal dispute between VN and Olympia. VN considers his contract with Olympia terminated (7.27.65), while G., who claims not to have been notified of this litigation (12.6.65 - something denied by Schebeko in 12.17.65), warns Schebeko that, as she is also Olympia's agent, she may be guilty of conflict of interest. Statements of money owed Olympia.

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Misc. correspondence between Olympia and Bureau litteraire D. Clairouin, July 11, 1955 to November 7, 1963 .
6 items (2 TLS, 4 TL). Concerning various texts either being published by Olympia or represented by Clarouin.

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Miscellaneous items, undated.
15 items. Calculations and notes scribbled in pencil or pen on paper and on the back of what appear to be a novel by Douglas Woolf, Fade Out, an unidentifable French work, and a notice about Pogo books. Two of Maurice Girodias' business cards. Two postal service tickets.