Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0012617, Mon, 24 Apr 2006 11:21:18 EDT

Re: Lolita as satire (1958 review from National Review)

In a message dated 24/04/2006 14:32:55 GMT Standard Time,

What happens? The critics hail his "grace and delicacy" and his ability to
understand and present "love" in the most unlikely circumstances. The modern
devaluation of values seems to have deprived them of the ability to
distinguish love from lust and rape. And first among them that dean of critics, Lionel
Trilling, who compares Lolita to the legend of Tristan and Isolde!

This is exactly what I have been saying, in my seminars and in emails to
this List, over and over again. Trilling et al. are precisely diagnosed (I mean
morally, not medically) by "Lolita".

Anthony Stadlen

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