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- Full Title: Lolita
- When Written: 1952-1955
- Where Written: Ithaca, New York; Road Trips across the U.S.
- When Published: 1955 in Paris, 1958 in the United States
- Literary Period: Postmodernism
- Genre: Postmodern Novel / Road Narrative / American Novel / Immigrant Novel / Metafiction
- Setting: The French Riviera, Paris, the fictional town of Ramsdale, Massachusetts, Beardsley, motels and tourist attractions across the U.S.
- Climax: After Lolita refuses to run away with Humbert Humbert, he drives to Clare Quilty’s mansion and kills him in a theatrical shootout.
- Antagonist: Clare Quilty
- Point of View: First-person retrospective
Extra Credit for Lolita
Saved by Véra. Nabokov almost incinerated the manuscript of Lolita before submitting it for publication. It was saved by his wife and editor, Véra Nabokov.
Frank Lasalle and Sally Horner. The story of Lolita is at least in part inspired by the real-life kidnapping of Sally Horner by Frank Lasalle in 1948.