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Sites about Lolita

by Vladimir Nabokov

An Englishman in New England falls in love with 12-year-old Lolita and marries the girl's mother.

Characters: Humbert Humbert, Lolita Haze, Charlotte Haze, Clare Quilty

Critical sites about Lolita

The Cinematic Art of Nympholepsy: Movie Star Culture as Loser Culture in Nabokov's Lolita
"A critique is presented on the failure to successfully represent Vladimir Nabokov's novel 'Lolita' in the cinematic medium."
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Elizabeth Power
From: Criticism Winter 1999
"Even Homais Nods": Nabokov's Fallibility, or, How to Revise Lolita
"To refute this reading, I will first show that Nabokov could indeed make mistakes, especially in dating, and that second thoughts often merely compounded the confusion. I will then show how little is required to eliminate the revisionist interpretation of Lolita (the emendation of a single typographical character would suffice), and how plainly it contradicts itself and the rest of the text."
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Brian Boyd
From: Nabokov Studies #2
On the Road to Canterbury, Liliput and Elphinstone
"Two of the most compelling and well-known satiric masterpieces of the English language tradition, Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita derive much of their vigor from the Chaucerian tradition. Perhaps more surprisingly, and more revealingly, the Twentieth-Century work exhibits an interesting and illuminating set of rather particular correspondences with the 1726 novel."
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Samuel Schuman

Other (non-critical) sites about Lolita

Books of the Times
"Mr. Nabokov is particularly lucky because his book was not censored in the United States, but in France of all places. What more could he hope for?"
Contains: Review
Author: Orville Prescott
From: The New York Times Book Review August 18, 1958
Author: Orville Prescott
From: The New York Times Book Review August 18, 1958
Reading Group Center: Lolita
"The questions, discussion topics, author biography, and bibliography that follow are designed to enhance your group's reading of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. We hope they will provide you with ways of looking at-and talking about-a novel that has become a permanent part of the American literary canon, and indeed of the American language, without losing its capacity to dazzle, baffle, and at times shock the unwary reader."
Contains: Plot Summary
Author: Vintage Books
From: Vintage Reading Group Center
Author: Vintage Books
From: Vintage Reading Group Center

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