The Real Lolita

The Real Lolita

The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World
Written by Sarah Weinman
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
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The Real Lolita

The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World
Written by Sarah Weinman | Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is as famous as it is controversial — but few are aware of the real-life case that some say inspired it. This empathetic account dives deep into the 1948 kidnapping of 11-year-old Sally Horner in this “captivating, heartrending” book that “offers both nuanced and compassionate true-crime reportage and revelatory cultural and literary history” (Megan Abbott).

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Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is one of the most beloved and notorious novels of all time. And yet, very few of its readers know that the subject of the novel was inspired by a real-life case: the 1948 abduction of eleven-year-old Sally Horner.

Weaving together suspenseful crime narrative, cultural and social history, and literary investigation, The Real Lolita tells Sally Horner’s full story for the very first time. Drawing upon extensive investigations, legal documents, public records, and interviews with remaining relatives, Sarah Weinman uncovers how much Nabokov knew of the Sally Horner case and the efforts he took to disguise that knowledge during the process of writing and publishing Lolita.

Sally Horner’s story echoes the stories of countless girls and women who never had the chance to speak for themselves. By diving deeper in the publication history of Lolita and restoring Sally to her rightful place in the lore of the novel’s creation, The Real Lolita casts a new light on the dark inspiration for a modern classic.

Nonfiction
History
Biographies and Memoirs
True Crime
20th Century

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Release Date: September 11, 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins
Run time: 7 hours and 26 minutes
Unabridged Audiobook

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