Vladimir Nabokov

The ‘Lolita’ Story Nabokov Kept Hidden

Sarah Weinman probably reads more than you do.<p>According to tallies she has shared on Twitter (where she has more than 400,000 followers), she read …

Jewish Culture

10 Banned Books We Read Again and Again

Toni Morrison<p>Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s first book, <i>The Bluest Eye</i> published in 1970, is the heart-wrenching story of a young black girl living in an America where she is the minority and beauty is defined as blonde and blue-eyed. The Bluest Eye has been challenged because of …

Lifestyle (Canada)

Sarah Weinman, author of 'The Real Lolita': In search of the real Sally Horner

Sarah Weinman, author of "The Real Lolita," has renewed the connection between a notorious 1948 abduction/rape in Camden and Vladimir Nabokov's …

Great Books

Behind the Kidnapping Case That Inspired ‘Lolita’

<b>THE REAL LOLITA</b> <b><br>The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World</b><br>By Sarah Weinman<br>306 pp. Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers. $27.99.<p><b>RUST AND STARDUST</b><br>By T. Greenwood<br>356 pp. St. Martin’s Press. $26.99.<p>Sixty years after the American publication of Vladimir Nabokov’s literary tour de …

The Arts

The Salacious Non-Mystery of “The Real Lolita”

Sally Horner was a widow’s daughter, a brown-haired honor student, from Camden, New Jersey. In 1948, hoping to impress some popular girls, she nicked a notebook from a dime store and was accosted by a man, Frank La Salle, posing as an F.B.I. agent. La Salle, who told Horner his name was Frank …

Books

The real life Lolita: Character whose name is a byword for sexual precocity was based on the true story of girl, 11, who was kidnapped and abused for two years, a new book has revealed

Shortly before Christmas 70 years ago, a local newspaper in Philadelphia carried a heart-wrenching seasonal article under the headline: ‘An Xmas Tree …

LaSalle

Neil DeGrasse Tyson On Astrophysics & The Military

In his new book, 'Accessory to War,' the astrophysicist argues that people who work in his field are often complicit to military development — despite being overwhelmingly liberal and anti-war. Tyson also talks about President Trump's "Space Force."<p>Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Wayne …

Donald Trump

Did A Real-Life Kidnapping Inspire Nabokov's 'Lolita'?

Sarah Weinman's <i>The Real Lolita</i> offers a compelling argument that Nabokov's 1955 novel had its roots in the 1948 abduction of 11-year-old Sally Horner — despite the author's claim to the contrary.<p>Transcript<p>TERRY GROSS, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. Vladimir Nabokov's novel "Lolita" is a staple of the …

Culture

Meet the Real Lolita Who Inspired Nabokov’s Novel

Several years ago, I stumbled upon what happened to Sally Horner, the 11-year-old girl whose kidnapping helped inspire Vladimir Nabokov's classic and …

News (U.S.)

Quit Using Lolita To Absolve Your Guilt, John Hockenberry

John (picnic, lightning) Hockenberry.<p>One result of my publishing a book about the real-life case that inspired <i>Lolita</i>, the 1955 novel by Vladimir …

Sexual Harassment

Looking for the Real Lolita, Ep. 231

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts Vladimir Nabokov’s novel <i>Lolita</i> is an enduring classic of the twentieth century. It has been …

New York Public Library

An Execution (By Invitation Only) review – obtuse philosophical games

When the prisoner (Greg McLaren) puts a bucket over his head so as not to hear the man who is talking centre stage, I wonder if there are any spares to hand so that we might do the same.<p>We’re locked in a paper box cell with the prisoner, the wet lips of an arachnid glory hole and the interrupting …

The Theatre

Tragic story of N.J.'s real life Lolita

Consider how much we worry when our children are 15 minutes late. It doesn't take long for a parent's imagination to spiral to the worst.

LaSalle

Notes From the Book Review Archives

<i>In this week’s issue, Sam Tanenhaus, a former editor of the Book Review, revisits Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita” in an essay about three books by dissident Russians. Below is our 1958 review by Elizabeth Janeway of the controversial novel. Read an excerpt below.</i><p>The first time I read “Lolita” I thought …

Book Reviews

The True Story of the Real Lolita

Sally 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 …

Great Books

Real life Lolita: 1948 abduction of an 11-year-old New Jersey girl by a pedophile who took her on the run for TWO YEARS while posing as her father in public inspired one of the most notorious novels of all time as new book investigates the case

Its grip has never loosened: For more than 60 years, Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’ has stirred scandal, attracted attention and courted controversy. …

LaSalle

The Dust on a Butterfly’s Wing: On Sarah Weinman’s Investigation of “The Real Lolita”

IN HER UTTERLY ENGROSSING book <i>The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World</i>, Sarah Weinman explores two …

Books

Alive in a Magic Democracy: On “The Real Lolita”

IS NABOKOV’S <i>Lolita</i>, a novel narrated by a child molester, still worth reading? With today’s focus on amplifying the voices of the victims of sexual …

Books

It's Time To Learn The Name Sally Horner, 'The Real Lolita'

Vladimir Nabokov refused to admit his 1955 novel was based on a real child's tragedy. Author Sarah Weinman doesn't want us to forget.<p>“Humbert Humbert tried hard to be good,” the protagonist of Vladimir Nabokov’s <i>Lolita</i> attests, referring to himself in the third person. <i>”</i>Really and truly, he did<i>.”</i><p>By …

Entertainment

'The Real Lolita' Investigates The True Crime Story Of Sally Horner

Sarah Weinman, an editor and writer of true crime stories, doubles up on her literary sleuthing in <i>The Real Lolita,</i> investigating the 1948 kidnapping and rape of 11-year-old Sally Horner by a convicted pedophile.<p>She does it not just for its own inherent interest but in order to build a convincing …

Culture

'The Real Lolita' Brings To Life The True Story Of The Kidnapping That May Have Inspired Vladimir Nabokov's Famous Novel

In 1948, seven years before the publication of <i>Lolita</i>, 50-year-old Frank Le Salle abducted 11-year-old Florence “Sally” Horner from her hometown of …

Literature

Sally Horner was “The Real Lolita”: The 1948 crime that inspired Nabokov

<b>"The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World" by Sarah Weinman (Harper Collins/Anna Ty Bergman)</b><p>Author Sarah Weinman tells an intertwined literary history and true crime story in “The Real Lolita”<p>Mary Elizabeth Williams<p>September 11, 2018 9:00pm (UTC)<p>What …

Great Books

The Real Lolita

<b>Very</b> few sentences in Vladimir Nabokov’s <i>Lolita</i> have gone unnoticed in the 60-plus years since the novel’s publication. As it turns out, though, at …

LaSalle

The Real Lolita reveals tragic inspiration for notorious novel: EW Review

<i>Lolita</i> author Vladimir Nabokov always denied that the young woman at the center of the writer’s most famous work was based on any particular person. …

Books

“Monsters lurk everywhere”: Sarah Weinman uncovers the real-life crime behind Nabokov’s Lolita | Library of America

Back <b>“Monsters lurk everywhere”: Sarah Weinman uncovers the real-life crime behind Nabokov’s Lolita</b><p>Interviews September 10, 2018<p>“Monsters lurk …

Literature

In The Real Lolita, Sarah Weinman Reclaims Sally Horner’s Story

Sally Horner at age 15.<p>“I can’t believe it’s still here. I didn’t expect this.” The author Sarah Weinman and I had just walked the Atlantic City …

Literature

Emma Audiobook, the Role of Public Libraries, and More

Every day <i>Poets & Writers Magazine</i> scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that …

Libraries

‘The Real Lolita’ review: To Write a Predator

<b>The Real Lolita</b><i><br>The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World</i><br>by Sarah Weinman<br>Ecco, 306 pp., $27.99<p>In June 1948, 11-year-old …

Long-form Journalism

Dolls Kill’s ‘Lolita’ collection criticised for sexualizing children

Provocative US brand Sugar Thrillz dropped a collection this spring entitled ‘Lolita’.<p>The name is a reference to Vladimir Nabokov’s 1955 novel <i>Lolita,</i> …

Fashion (UK)

Was Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita influenced by a kidnapped American girl? | The Star

“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.” So we’re introduced to the voice of Humbert Humbert, the narrator of Vladimir …

Literature