An entire childhood, stolen away – first by evil, then a cruel twist of fate. 5 Shawn Hornbeck Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Reddit Whatsapp Tumblr Pinterest Vk Email. I sometimes felt like I was going to be haunted by Vladimir, and especially Véra, for publishing The Real Lolita, but of course it wasn’t about to stop me from writing the book. But compulsion as a basis for fiction fascinates me in general, because I believe readers know when a writer is acting from some more primal instinct, no matter how brilliant they are at conveying the complexities of that compulsion. Because The Real Lolita grew out of the article I wrote for Hazlitt — also “The Real Lolita”, though while I was writing the book I had a different working title, Among The Wholesome Children, which I think of as the book’s shadow title still!


In fact, Sally was forced to make a statement that LaSalle was not her father. Being curious, a natural skeptic, looking for evidence. I do think that our tendency towards moral panic today is different than the American attitudes towards sex (both sensationalist and Puritan) that made it difficult for Nabokov to publish Lolita in his time. He had this compulsion and it was bigger than any one girl, any one case. Electric Lit relies on contributions from our readers to help make literature more exciting, relevant, and inclusive. "Lolita's trickery and mastery of obfuscation ... continue to make moral mincemeat out of the novel's wider readership. SW: Then yes, I felt like I had to spell it out in a way that showed there was a pattern, an unscratchable itch, the main “thing” that he so often wrestled with in fiction in different ways, with varying success or failure, until he finally arrived at Lolita. He was arrested under the pseudonym Frank Fogg in Pennsylvania but released after producing a legal marriage certificate to Dorothy. Her father, who had been an alcoholic, had committed suicide when she was just six years old, so Ella was a single mother.
After two attempts to burn the manuscript (intercepted by his wife Véra), Nabokov finished Lolita in 1953, three years after Sally's liberation and a year after her death, at 15, in a car accident. Rocco Palese, the judge in the case, said at the sentencing, “Mothers throughout the country will give a sigh of relief to know that a man of this type is safely in prison.”. ), AC: I love that the compulsion itself is such a driver for you — in a sense, you’ve made Nabokov’s aesthetic obsession into a narrative engine for your story, which is a beautiful and very literary form of cannibalism. But the only one who could really tell her story fully and properly is Sally herself. I suspect he would have, but under serious duress! She revealed to her rescuers that LaSalle repeatedly raped her. And because the novel is so genius, so singular, no wonder it’s had a hell of a time being adapted into other media, no matter the attempts. From a member Daughter of Russell and Ella Horner (née Goff). So by virtue of the niches I’ve occupied — editing anthologies of women crime writers of the mid-20th century, then true crime at the intersection of culture, also usually 20th century — that adds up to a pretty tangible brand. In fact, there is a reference to the Horner case in Part II, Chapter 33 of the novel. By the time Sally was rescued by authorities, she had spent nearly two years in captivity. Weinman is a thorough reporter who is most compelling when she tells it straight: Sally Horner, a fifth-grade honor student, stole a 5-cent notebook in her local Camden, N.J., Woolworths on a dare by a clique of girls she hoped to join.

AC: Yes, Humbert Humbert’s power lies in his ability to charm readers directly; on screen, you can only see him charming other people, and it doesn’t work as well. Then, after everything she had gone through, only two years after being rescued, Sally died in a car accident at the age of 15. How does it influence your journalism today? Support our mission to make literature more exciting, relevant, and inclusive. I do wonder if there would be a less voluptuous reception to the novel once it did come out. But Dorothy felt constrained by her father’s strict rules, and eagerly ran off with LaSalle. He was waiting for her outside the building the next afternoon. The Real Lolita started as a long magazine article; in expanding her story, Weinman has tried to cover every angle and tie up every loose end, down to the fate of the young man at the wheel when Sally died. Florence “Sally” Horner was abducted in 1948 by a man who repeatedly sexually assaulted her for two years. Of course, Lolita was the first, and still the best (I love Tampa; I haven’t read Amber Tamblyn’s novel yet, though.) Enjoy strange, diverting work from The Commuter on Mondays, absorbing fiction from Recommended Reading on Wednesdays, and a roundup of our best work of the week on Fridays.

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