The real Lolita : the kidnapping of Sally Horner and the novel that scandalized the world

Weinman, Sarah, author

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  • Creator Sarah Weinman
  • Format Books
  • Publication First edition New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018] ©2018
  • Physical Details
    • xii, 306 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • ISBNs 9780062661920, 0062661922, 9780062861184, 0062861182
  • OCLC on1033580811

Summary

  • "In 1948, Sally Horner was just eleven years old when she was kidnapped by a man claiming to be an FBI agent. Seven years later, Vladimir Nabokov published Lolita, perhaps the most seminal novel of the twentieth century. Sarah Weinman's investigation into how the two are connected is a thrilling, heartbreaking mix of literary scholarship and true-crime writing"--Back cover.
  • In 1948, Sally Horner was just eleven years old when she was kidnapped by a man claiming to be an FBI agent. Seven years later, Vladimir Nabokov published Lolita, perhaps the most seminal novel of the twentieth century. Weinman's investigation into how the two are connected is a thrilling, heartbreaking mix of literary scholarship and true-crime writing, casting a new light on the dark inspiration for a modern classic--Adapted from jacket.

Notes

  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-290) and index.

Contents

  • Introduction : "Had I done to her...?" -- The five-and-dime -- A trip to the beach -- From Wellesley to Cornell -- Sally, at first -- The search for Sally -- Seeds of compulsion -- Frank in shadow -- "A lonely mother waits" -- The prosecutor -- Baltimore -- Walks of death -- Across America by Oldsmobile -- Dallas -- The neighbor -- San Jose -- After the rescue -- A guilty plea -- When Nabokov (really) learned about Sally -- Rebuilding a life -- Lolita progresses -- Weekend in Wildwood -- The note card -- "A darn nice girl" -- La Salle in prison -- "Gee, Ed, that was bad luck" -- Writing and publishing Lolita -- Connecting Sally Horner to Lolita -- "He told me not to tell" -- Aftermaths -- Epilogue : On two girls named Lolita and Sally
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