Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0024526, Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:28:18 -0300

Re: Fwd: Mad Kings

Jay Livingstone:"My apologies if, as I suspect, he has already been the subject of discussion here. Ludwig, who was a homosexual and became King while still in his teens, bears some resemblance to Kinbote.... I was surprised to find that a quick Google of "Kinbote Ludwig" turns up practically nothing."

Jansy Mello: ...and I was surprised by this link bt. King Ludwig and Kinbote (I find it hard to fit agile Kinbote into the image I got fromthe Bavarian King after watching Luchino Visconti's awesome "Ludwig").

Google-tools do offer the most amazing connections, even if derived from very far far away references. Perhaps JL's note that it " turns up practically nothing" includes the search about "Lola" as a name (wiki). It is probable that VN had heard about Lola Montez and her affair with King Ludwig although it's also improbable that it influenced him in connection to the invention of Kinbote.*

btw: as complete as the Lola entry seems to be, I missed in it a reference to Algernon Charles Swinburne's long poem "Dolores...Our Lady of Pain" [indirectly mentioned in "Lolita", "Ada" and perhaps even in "PF" (Duchess of Payn?)]
* Lola is a feminine given name, a short form of the Spanish name Dolores, meaning "sorrows", a name taken from a title of the Virgin Mary: Virgen Maria de los Dolores, or Our Lady of Sorrows. Lola may also be used as a short form of the unrelated German nameAloisia. The name Lola is also common in Africa. In Nigeria, the Yoruba tribe has many feminine names that are shortened to Lola, such as Temilola which means 'Wealth is mine' and Damilola which means 'Prosper me'. The short form Lola has been rising in popularity in several countries in the past decade. It was the 270th most popular name for baby girls born in the United States in 2007, up from 279th place in 2006 and 375th place in 2005; was ranked as the 64th most popular name for baby girls in Spain in 2006; was ranked as the 51st most popular name for baby girls in England and Wales in 2007; was the 17th most popular name for baby girls inFrance in 2004; and was the 20th most popular name for baby girls in Belgium in 2006.[1]

Though the name originated with a title for the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, Lola has also acquired a number of contrasting sensual associations. Authors Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz noted in their 2008 book Cool Names for Babies that the name has a sultry image and that people associate the name with the song "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets" from the musical Damn Yankees, in which the character of Lola is the Devil's "best homewrecker." The name also has associations with the Irish-born Lola Montez, who became famous in the nineteenth century as an actress, Spanish dancer, courtesan and mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria.

Lolita, a diminutive form of the name, is associated with the 1955 novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov about a pedophile's obsession with a 12-year-old girl, Lolita. "Lolita" has since become a term for a sexually precocious young girl. In 1992, 16-year-old Amy Fisher gained notoriety as the "Long Island Lolita" after she shot her much older lover's wife. The name's sexually-charged image is also due to associations with Lola, a 1970 song by The Kinks about a young man's encounter with a transvestite named Lola.

The title character in the 1998 German film Run Lola Run may also have raised the name's profile, as has Lola, a clever and inquisitive child character in a recently published series of children's picture books by Lauren Child.

The naming of several children of celebrities in the past decade has increased the popularity of the name. Madonna uses the nickname"Lola" for her daughter Lourdes Leon, born in 1996. Entertainers Kelly Ripa, Chris Rock, Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen, Carnie Wilson and Annie Lennox all have daughters named Lola. The name was also used for a granddaughter of Camilla Parker Bowles.

Lola Montez, Irish-born actress, dancer,courtesan, and mistress of a king.Lola (Uzbek for tulip) is also a feminine name in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan.


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