Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0026566, Mon, 26 Oct 2015 10:52:49 -0200

RES: [NABOKV-L] BIB: On the name "Lolita" ... Maar and Dorothy
C. Kunin: Dear ED SES, The name Lolita then, if you are correct and you seem
to be, takes on a unique status within the novel - more than has previously
been imagined. How does this influence how you feel about the possibility
that VN had indeed read the earlier Lichberg "Lolita" tale as argued by
Michael Maar? To me it suggests a reinforcement of that possibility. Carolyn

Jansy Mello: Dear Carolyn. Although it is highly possible that VN had read
Lichberg's "Lolita" ( Maar mentioned "cryptomnesia"?) the differences in
style, overall content, spirit/place, literary quality and so forth make
this association between VN and Lichberg somehow secondary and the ensuing
debates, since they lie only in the field of "possibilities," will depend
exclusively of "opinions." However, the issue is worth keeping in mind as
well as the other equally illustrious possible examples of plagiarism, such
as Dorothy Parker's "Lolita" which was published in 1955.

<http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/fiction> Fiction
<http://archives.newyorker.com/?i=1955-08-27#folio=032> AUGUST 27, 1955
ISSUE Lolita BY <http://www.newyorker.com/contributors/dorothy-parker>

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Mrs. Ewing was a short, middle aged Southern widow, who wore frills, had an
animated personality and many friends Her daughter, Lolita, was quiet and

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