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Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita is one of the most beloved and notorious novels of all time. And yet, very few know that the subject of the novel was inspired by a real-life case: the 1948 abduction of 11-year-old Sally Horner.  

Weaving together suspenseful crime narrative, cultural and social history and literary investigation, The Real Lolita tells Sally Horner's full story for the very first time. Drawing upon extensive investigations, legal documents, public records and interviews with remaining relatives, Sarah Weinman uncovers how much Nabokov knew of the Sally Horner case and the efforts he took to disguise that knowledge during the process of writing and publishing Lolita.  

Sally Horner's story echoes the stories of countless girls and women who never had the chance to speak for themselves. By diving deeper in the publication history of Lolita and restoring Sally to her rightful place in the lore of the novel's creation, The Real Lolita casts a new light on the dark inspiration for a modern classic. 

©2017 Sarah Weinman (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Emily T
  • 11-22-18

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A must for anyone with an opinion on Lolita. Shines a light on a forgotten muse.

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  • 10-02-18

topic unpleasant

not an easy or pleasant topic. quite factual with a lot of cross references. I struggled to continue with the book.