NABOKV-L post 0005965, Sat, 12 May 2001 11:20:41 -0700

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Subject: Genesis of Lolita
Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 16:52:08 EDT
From: Iann88@aol.com
To: chtodel@gte.net

Epstein asked Nabokov about where he got the idea for the book. Nabokov
said
that on their travels one town didn't have a place to stay so they ended
up
staying at a minister's home. After dinner VN discovered D missing and
went
looking for him. He found him under a tree in the arms of the
minister's
daughter. N then got interested in teenage behavior and started taking
notes
of teenagers' conversations on buses. Epstein then adds: "I assumed that
this
unlikely detail, like the story of the minister's daughter, was V's way
of
telling me not to ask foolish questions."

"Unlikely" indeed! You ask a foolish question you get a foolish answer.
It's
like that story V told of D in a hotel room full of gorgeous girls
interviewing for the role of Lolita. You know, all this casts doubts on
a
lot of what VN says about things.

Phil