Introduction to Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita/Summary of the plot - WikiversitySally Horner was 11 years old when she was caught stealing a notebook from a corner store in her hometown of Camden, New Jersey, by a man named Frank La Salle, who claimed to be an FBI agent. La Salle said that Sally could avoid being sent to a reform school or worse only by staying in his good graces, a threat which turned into a month ordeal of kidnapping and rape as the two drove across the country posing as a father and daughter. AC: I was intrigued to learn you did graduate work in forensic science before becoming a full-time writer. For those of us who view that discipline through rosy, Dana-Scully-colored glasses, can you talk about what led you down that path, and whether you considered pursuing forensic science as a career? How does it influence your journalism today? I can combine my love of crime and science as a profession? But the only one who could really tell her story fully and properly is Sally herself.
The True Crime Behind Nabokov's Lolita
Introduction to Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita/Summary of the plot
Lolita, of the Confession of a White Widowed Male by Vladimir Nabokov is a story about Humbert Humbert, a literature professor in his late thirties, obsessed with a twelve-year-old Dolores Haze. The novel consists of a preface, two parts and the author's annotation. The book starts with the foreword written by fictitious editor named John Ray, Jr. He states that he received Lolita' s manuscript from Humbert Humbert's lawyer and that Humbert died in jail waiting for a trial. Invented by Nabokov editor believes that Lolita should serve as a warning and a moral lesson for generations to come. The manuscript opens with Humbert's description of his background, family and peaceful childhood on the Rivera, where he met his first love, Annabel Leigh.
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Everyone knows the story of "Lolita" -- and no one knows it. Vladimir Nabokov 's novel is a totem in modern literature, an unflinching look at a monster who has been able to hide behind his education and manners. But it's also more than a classic of 20 th century literature. Writer and editor Sarah Weinman has published a long, powerful piece of historical reportage about the largely unknown real story that inspired Nabokov's tale. She was 11 years old and the thievery was her initiation into a girl's club.