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Finished Lolita which was begun exactly five years ago.

—from a diary entry made on this day in 1953 by Vladimir Nabokov


That my novel does contain various allusions to the physiological urges of a pervert is quite true. But after all we are not children, not illiterate juvenile delinquents, not English public school boys who after a night of homosexual romps have to endure the paradox of reading the Ancients in expurgated editions.

—from Nabokov’s 1956 article, “On a Book Entitled Lolita”


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